The Senate has passed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that expands government subsidies for crop insurance, rice and peanuts while making small cuts to food stamps.
The bill passed on a bipartisan 66-27 vote.
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, voted in favor of the bill. She released the following statement, it reads in part:
"Wisconsin's family farmers have been an engine for our state's economy for generations. The Farm Bill makes important investments in our rural communities and supports an industry critical to our state's economy," Baldwin said. "I was proud to work across party lines and support this legislation because it will help move Wisconsin's economy forward."
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, voted against the bill. He also released a statement, which reads in part:
"About 80 percent of the spending in the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act will be spent on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP — commonly called food stamps, a program that is out of control and should be separated from the farm bill and debated on its own merits. This bill is simply not targeted to help farm and dairy families dealing with overregulation, misguided federal policies, and weak demand brought on by terrible economic growth."
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