The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program.
The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature.
U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement.
“I’m proud that the Senate was able to come together in a bipartisan fashion today and pass a strong Farm Bill for Nebraska and all of rural America. From the beginning, I wanted to see a Farm Bill that protected critical risk management programs like crop insurance, improved our trade promotion programs, and deployed broadband in rural areas so agriculture producers can use precision agriculture technology. This Farm Bill achieves all of those goals and more. In a time of uncertainty for farm country, this bill is going to bring confidence, stability, and predictability to our families who feed our hungry world.”
The measure is the result of months of negotiations, and does not make any significant changes to the food stamp program that serves nearly 40 million low-income Americans.