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Monday Recap: US Senate Takes Up The 2013 Farm Bill

by Mike Connealy on 05.20.2013

Not much to report from the first day of from the US Senate’s debate of the 2013 Farm Bill….

Opening remarks were made by Chairwoman Stabenow (D. Michigan) and Ranking Member Cochran (R. Mississippi).  Senators Brown (D. Ohio) and Leahy (D. Vermont) each added remarks in support of the legislation.  Everyone said good things about the bi-partisan efforts to move the bill forward. 

Senator McCain (R. Arizona) offered up the only amendment to the Farm Bill today co-sponsored by Senator Feinstein (D. California) that would end all crop insurance subsidies to tobacco crops in the USA. No vote was taken on this amendment, yet.

The Senate as it often does then meandered into different topics outside of the Farm Bill including global warming, environment, judiciary appointments, etc. etc. 

The US Senate has adjourned until Tuesday, May 21, with morning business to resume at 10:00 AM EDT.  Immediately following morning business – more Farm Bill debate, or so we hope…

Stay tuned to the blog for further updates, and don’t forget to contact your Senators.

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