(FOX NEWS) The Senate voted 66-27 to pass a massive farm bill Monday evening that could set the course for the country’s food policy for the next decade. The wide-ranging, five-year agriculture measure would cost taxpayers $955 billion.
That bulk of the money -- $760.2 billion -- would go toward the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – or commonly known as the food stamp program which helps low-income families buy food. The Senate bill makes a small cut to the food stamp program, while the House version shaves off $17.4 billion.
One of the more controversial provisions the Senate bill covers is crop insurance. In the past, farmers have been able to purchase an insurance safety net if their crops fail. Under the bill, the government would kick in another $5 billion of insurance per year – bringing the total to $12 billion a year – which would cover the deductibles and cushion the blow farmers would have to pay.
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