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Farm Bill debate beginning in Senate

Jun 15, 2012 12:03 am
In Washington, Free Speech Radio News reports, the U.S. Senate is set to begin debating the nearly one trillion dollar Farm Bill. But before taking up the massive legislation, lawmakers must first wade through more than 200 amendments dealing with everything from sugar subsidies to rural broadband access to foreign aid to Pakistan. One current battle pits powerful crop insurance companies against defenders of the food stamp program. More than 22 million U.S. families depend on food stamps to meet their nutritional needs, but proposed cuts in the House and Senate versions of the bill have put that assistance in jeopardy. On Capitol Hill, Alice Ollstein reports for Free Speech Radio News.