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Senate Misses Chance for Real Reform of Federal Crop Insurance Program

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For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, June 6, 2013

Washington, D.C. – The Senate missed an opportunity today to make real reforms to the federal crop insurance program when it voted to end debate on the farm bill and move the legislation to final passage next week, the Environmental Working Group said in a statement.

Scott Faber, EWG’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs, said:

We are truly disappointed in the Senate leadership for its refusal to consider common-sense reforms to the bloated federal crop insurance program. We were confident that the Senate would have overwhelmingly supported reforms to limit crop insurance premium subsidies and windfall profits for the largest and most successful farm businesses and to make subsidies more transparent so taxpayers are no longer left in the dark. Such reforms to strengthen the crop insurance program would have made final passage of the farm bill more likely. We look forward to the adoption of these reforms in the House, when it takes up the bill later this month.

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