Only Five Committee Members Reject Farm Bill
The five Senators voting against the Senate Ag Committee's farm bill were Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Pat Roberts of Kansas, John Thune of South Dakota, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. Johanns, Roberts and Thune offered amendments and supported each other in amendments to change the target price-based program and to make changes to the food stamp program that would have cut the number of beneficiaries and costs. Gillibrand - on the other hand - voted against the bill because of the cut to food stamps.
Despite the rejection of his amendments to eliminate conservation compliance - North Dakota's John Hoeven voted in favor of the committee's farm bill. Stabenow did tell Hoeven she would work with him on his concerns.
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