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Robert is only local no vote on Senate farm bill

06/11/2013 9:10 AM

06/11/2013 9:11 AM

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts

was the only senator from Kansas or Missouri to oppose the Senate farm bill, which passed Monday evening.

From his statement:

“I want a farm bill to provide certainty for America’s producers and consumers, but this is not the best bill possible for farmers and ranchers or the taxpayer... Among my concerns, I am disappointed the farm bill includes target prices...

“This bill looks in the rearview mirror for outdated policies that cause the farmer to plant for the government and not the market.”

Roberts’ amendment to cut food stamps failed before the final vote.


Jerry Moran and Roy Blunt, both Republicans, voted yes. So did Sen. Claire McCaskill


All three issued statements supporting the bill.

The House has a different version of the proposal. There’s no indication when that bill might go to the floor, or when a conference might meet to get a final version.


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