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Farm Bill Passes in Senate

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The Senate last night passed a farm bill that calls for spending just shy of a trillion dollars over the next decade -- but that bill actually cuts 24 billion from the package.

Both North Dakota Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp voted in favor of the legislation that passed with strong bipartisan support 66 to 27.

So, what's in it?

Senator Hoeven touted the bill's wide reaching qualities.

Crop insurance gets an upgrade, livestock disaster protection continues, and it also puts an additional one hundred million dollars toward flood protection in rural areas.

Of course the bill has a long way to go before becoming law.

The House is expected to vote this summer on its version of a farm bill.

If passed, the two bills would be reconciled in conference and then come back to both bodies.

(Sen. John Hoeven - (R) North Dakota) "It includes enhanced crop insurance, continues the sugar program, saves about 24 billion dollars to help with debt and the deficit, and includes funding for rural flood protection so this is a strong package. Now we need the House to move forward as well. A good day for farmers and really for all Americans."

The current Farm Bill is set to expire at the end of September.

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