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Johanns and Fischer React to Senate's Farm Bill Vote

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Senators Fischer and Johanns react to the Senate's vote of 66 to 27 in favor of the Farm Bill.

Fischer released a statement in favor of the bill's passage. She said the bill "goes a long way in providing certainty for Nebraska's farmers so they can continue to produce healthy, safe products to feed the Nation and the world."

Fisher also praised the bill for maintaining and strengthening the crop insurance program and for its support of conservation and disaster-related programs.

While overall Sen. Fisher expressed her support of the bill she said "over 80 percent of funding in this bill goes toward the nutrition title, which received only a fraction of cuts compared to the overall hit taken by agriculture."

Fischer supported a number of amendments to achieve further savings in the nutrition title which ultimately did not pass.

She said "I will continue to support efforts to eliminate unnecessary spending as Congress continues the legislative conference process."

Johanns also expressed favor for the passage of the Farm Bill. He said "long-term ag policy is a necessity for our farmers and ranchers."

The Sen. was not 100-percent satisfied with the bill, saying "while this isn't the farm bill I would have drafted, it's better than no farm bill at all."

He believes that the government has a responsibility to give ag producers security as they work to produce food to support a growing population.

For a farm bill to become law, the House of Representatives would also have to now pass its version of a farm bill. The two pieces of legislation would then be merged in a conference committee and presented for the President's consideration.

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