The Senate passed a five-year farm bill on Monday night that sets federal food and farming policy for the next decade, but makes smaller cuts than a House version of the legislation that is set for consideration next week.
Senators approved the 1,150-page bill by a vote of 66 to 27, with several senators absent due to flights delayed because of bad weather approaching Washington, D.C., Monday evening.
The legislation would cost roughly $955 billion over 10 years and includes significant cuts in direct subsidies to farmers — some of whom receive aid even if they don’t farm — and a roughly $4 billion cut in the $80 billion federal food stamp program over the next decade.
“I don’t think you can have an economy unless you make things and grow things. This bill is about growing things. That’s what we need to do in this country,” said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee.
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