Stabenow, Cochran brace for full Senate vote on Farm Bill they crafted

The Senate Agriculture Committee’s 2013 Farm Bill is encountering a critical test this week on the Senate floor, where the $955billion measure is expected to draw opposition from lawmakers who wanted more money taken from farm subsidies and less from the nation’s food stamp program.

However, the Senate’s bill has stirred much less regional conflict than did the one passed last year. That bill drew criticism from Southern senators and agriculture producers as being a “one-size-fits-all” measure that relied too heavily on crop insurance favored by Midwest and Northern farmers and less on the price-supports desired by their Dixie counterparts.

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