Senator Debbie Stabenow discusses the Farm Bill, Michigan politics

May 29, 2013

Crop subsidies aren't the only controversial component of the 2013 Farm Bill. Among the hotly debated issues is Sen. David Vitter's amendment to cut food stamps to certain felons.
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A new five-year Farm Bill is making its way to a vote in the U.S. Senate.  This is the second time in a year that the legislation has cleared the Senate.  Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the House has promised to take up the bill in mid-June.  

Among the changes, the new bill would do away with crop subsidies farmers have relied on since the Great Depression, replacing it with a strong crop insurance program. Sen. Stabenow talks about the Farm Bill and its potential effects, as well as other news in Michigan politics.