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Senate votes overwhelmingly to renew farm programs


December 12, 2018

Jon Tester

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program.

The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and send it to President Donald Trump for his signature.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell brought the bill up for a quick vote Tuesday, less than one day after the

House and Senate reached an agreement on the final text.

The only active farmer in the Senate, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., voted for the bill.

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