What: All Issues : Corporate Subsidies : Agriculture : HR 2646. Farm Bill/Senate Passage of a Bill to Reauthorize a Host of Federal Agricultural Programs Benefiting U.S. Farmers. (2002 senate Roll Call 30)
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HR 2646. Farm Bill/Senate Passage of a Bill to Reauthorize a Host of Federal Agricultural Programs Benefiting U.S. Farmers.
senate Roll Call 30     Feb 13, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

The issue in this vote was passage of the farm bill, the reauthorization of the federal government's large assortment of agricultural programs and spending obligations. Though the bill shared the same numerical designation as the farm bill that passed the Republican House, its text had been gutted and replaced with the Democratic Senate's own version, S 1731. The House and Senate versions differed in many ways. The Senate version authorized $9 billion more spending in the first five years including higher spending on food stamps and emergency assistance to farmers. On the other hand, the Senate version also lowered the cap on annual payments to any single farm to $275,000, in an attempt to prevent subsidies to large-scale corporate farms. The House, by contrast, had raised the current $460,000 limit to $550,000. The Senate version also included several new programs, including a new system of dairy price supports and a conservation program that applied to several states. The bill passed, 58-40, with two Democrats opposed and nine Republicans in favor.

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