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Senate Puts Crop Insurance Companies Ahead of Needy Children

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Environmental Working Group issued the following statement on the Senate’s failure to pass Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s, D-N.Y., amendment:

“Today, the Senate put the needs of crop insurance companies ahead of the the needs of our children. Rather than restore cuts to nutrition assistance programs and invest in healthy diets, the Senate today voted to support windfall profits for insurance companies, many of which are based in insurance tax havens like Bermuda and Switzerland. We applaud Sen. Gillibrand for her leadership,” said Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs at EWG.

The Gillibrand amendment would have reduced subsidies to crop insurance companies to restore proposed cuts to nutrition assistance programs and to increase funding for the fresh fruit and vegetable snack program.