farm bill

Senators critical of the level of spending in the giant $955 billion farm bill are fighting for floor votes after the Memorial Day recess on deeper cuts to its subsidies payments.

Some of the amendments have a decent chance of passing, proponents say, given the fact the Senate passed a $1 billion cut to crop insurance on Thursday.

The Senate barely passed, by a 59 to 33 vote, a reduction in crop insurance subsidies for those making over $750,000 per year.

Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Jean Shaheen (D-N.H.) are leading the effort to put further limits on the bill’s expanded crop insurance provisions.

As of Friday, they had not yet been able to secure an agreement that their amendments would be considered. Senate leaders want a so-called time agreement in order to wrap up the farm bill before the Senate takes up an immigration overhaul.