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Senate Passes Farm Bill; Will the House?

June 11, 2013

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“We've done our job in the Senate; the House needs to get their job done. If this runs out again and we extend current policy, then we extend all this spending we said shouldn't be done. So it makes absolutely no sense and September 30th is the deadline.”

—Senator Debbie Stabenow

The last time Congress passed a farm bill, Democrats controlled the House and the nation’s food stamp program was about half the size it is today. On Monday, the Senate voted in favor of a NEW farm bill that cuts food stamps, eliminates direct payments to farmers, but expands crop insurance subsidies. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee. She tells WDET's Pat Batcheller the new farm bill is a good deal for farmers and taxpayers. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

You can also listen to Tamara Keith's NPR report on the farm bill here
You can read a summary of the Farm Bill here.

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