The United States Senate passed the Senate 2012 Farm Bill (S.3240) in a 64-35 vote. The Senate version of the bill would cost $498 billion, save $23.6 billion over the next 10 years and eliminate $5 billion per year in direct payments. The Federal Crop Insurance Program (FCIP) would become the primary risk management tool for farmers.
An amendment from Senate Agriculture Committee member Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), which would have removed cuts to food stamp programs and reduced subsidies for the crop insurance, was defeated.
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