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December, 14th 2007

Farm bill passes the Senate

– Liz Mair

Here are the key points in what passed:

- no subsidies for those earning more than $750k
- no direct payments of more than $40k
- no counter-cyclical payments of more than $60k
- unlimited marketing loan payments
- 1% increase in sugar subsidies

The point: this wasn't a good bill, even if it was better than what they easily could have done. Here are the Senators who had the guts to vote against it:

Bennett (R-UT)
Burr (R-NC)
Collins (R-ME)
DeMint (R-SC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Lugar (R-IN)
Reed (D-RI)
Sununu (R-NH)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Whitehouse (D-RI)

I'm desperate to know why Coburn didn't.

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