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Senate: Quit playing games with my heart!!
The senate is still wrangling over amendments. Blog for Rural America says the chances of passing a farm bill this year are slowly diminishing. It is really unfortunate to see partisan politics block a generally bi-partisan effort like the farm bill. Senator Dorgan had some of the best quotes of the morning. You can read them here.
In addition to the Grassley-Dorgan and FRESH amendments, Bread is endorsing two new amendments :
- Brown/Sununu Amendment: Would reform crop insurance programs to bring the insurance companies' underwriting gains more into line with other types of insurance and lower their Administration & Operations ('A&O') reimbursement. No farmers would see any change in their premium costs or coverage. It would save money to reinvest in food stamps, conservation and McGovern-Dole international school feeding program.
- Menendez Amendment: Would make a small cut to Direct Payments and reinvest the savings in food stamps and conservation.
At this rate, the senate may not even debate these until next year. Still, it is worth contacting your senators and urging them to vote in favor of these four amendments. Stay tuned...
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