Update on Senate Farm Bill Debate

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The Senate has voted on a number of proposed amendments to the farm bill already this week, with more to come. The amendment by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that would have prohibited crop insurance payments for tobacco failed earlier today. Also failing, the amendment that would have allowed states to require special labeling for foods that contain GMOs. Below is a list of how those and some of the other votes have gone so far this week.

Amendment 923
Rejected
To prohibit the payment by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation of any portion of the premium for a policy or plan of insurance for tobacco.

Amendment 965
Rejected
To permit states to require that any food, beverage, or other edible product offered for sale have a label on indicating that the food, beverage, or other edible product contains a genetically engineered ingredient.

Amendment 953
Agreed to
To limit the amount of premium subsidy provided by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation on behalf of any person or legal entity with an average adjusted gross income in excess of $750,000, with a delayed application of the limitation until completion of a study on the effects of the limitation.

Amendment 1031
Agreed to
To authorize the use of the insurance fund to reduce fraud and maintain program integrity in the crop insurance program.

Amendment 925
Rejected
To reform the Federal sugar program, and for other purposes.

Resolution 65
Agreed to
A resolution strongly supporting the full implementation of United States and international sanctions on Iran and urging the President to continue to strengthen enforcement of sanctions legislation.

Amendment 960
Rejected
To repeal the nutrition entitlement programs and establish a nutrition assistance block grant program.

Amendment 931
Rejected
To strike a reduction in the supplemental nutrition assistance program, with an offset that limits crop insurance reimbursements to providers.