Senate Approves A $71 Billion Bill To Finance Agriculture Department
Seattle Times News Services
The Senate voted 90-10 today for a $71 billion spending bill for the Agriculture Department and several agencies, with more than half the amount going to food stamps and other nutrition programs.
In a cost-cutting move, senators slashed from a proposed $148 million to $75 million money for a controversial program intended to promote the overseas sale of products containing U.S. farm goods. Critics say corporations with huge advertising budgets benefited from the program. Senators defeated an attempt to eliminate all funding.
Senate and House negotiators must now work out a compromise version of the bill, which provides money for next fiscal year. The Senate version spends $120 million more than the House bill and $5.6 billion less than the administration's request. It increases spending $10.4 billion over this year.
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