FarmPolicy

June 24, 2017

Video: Sens. Durbin, Coburn, and Stabenow Debate Crop Insurance Amendment to the Farm Bill

Categories: Farm Bill

On the Senate floor today, Sens. Durbin, Coburn and Stabenow discussed an amendment regarding premium subsidy limits for crop insurance.

A transcript of this interesting discussion, from the Congressional Record, is available here.

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Sen. Burr Talks About Crop Insurance- Tobacco

Categories: Farm Bill

On the Senate floor today, Sen. Richard Burr (R., N.C.) countered arguments made by Sen. Feinstein regarding her amendment to the Farm Bill, which deals with crop insurance & tobacco.

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Sen. Feinstein- Crop Insurance Amendment- Tobacco

Categories: Farm Bill

On the Senate floor today, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) discussed an amendment to the 2013 Farm Bill regarding crop insurance and tobacco.

The amendment is cosponsored by Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) and would eliminate the premium subsidy to purchase crop insurance for tobacco.

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Farm Bill; and the Ag Economy

Farm Bill- Sugar

DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “A push in the U.S. Senate to repeal current sugar policies failed again on Wednesday as senators moved ahead with votes on amendments.

“Senators seeking to overhaul sugar policies argued in vain that food-processing and confectionary jobs are lost to Canada because of import restrictions and tariffs that protect a small number of domestic sugar growers. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., the lead sponsor of the amendment, argued that sugar was the only commodity in the farm bill that wasn’t seeing reforms.

“‘Sugar remains the most tightly controlled commodity market in this country,’ Shaheen said.”

A video replay of arguments in favor of the amendment from Sens. Shaheen and Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) made yesterday on the Senate floor can be seen here and here.  In addition, the American Sugar Alliance released a short video outlining arguments supporting current policy principles.

On a roll call vote, the Shaheen reform measure (amendment #925) to change the sugar program was not agreed to by a vote of 44-54.

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