The amendment is one of roughly two dozen that the conservative senator from South Carolina introduced to the farm bill. Others include an amendment that prohibits the secretary of Agriculture from providing "price supports" such as loans or payment to producers of sugar crops and one that expresses the sense of the Senate that nothing in the farm bill should increase the cost of food.
DeMint's amendments are just a few of a large number submitted by senators since the chamber began considering the farm bill. Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump’s feud with the press in the spotlight Rand Paul: We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge Rand Paul: John Bolton would be a 'bad choice' for national security adviser MORE (R-Ky.) introduced an amendment that keeps the Department of Agriculture from carrying firearms in rural areas, except for Forest Park Service personnel and USDA officials in remote regions. Another amendment by Paul repeals the federal food stamp program and replaces it with a block grant system controlled by states.
An amendment by Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDrug importation from other countries will save dollars and lives Top antitrust senators call for Sessions to scrutinize AT&T-Time Warner merger Senate advances Trump's Commerce pick MORE (D-Minn.) has the secretary of Agriculture and secretary of Transportation conduct a study on transportation and agriculture products.
Amendments could be the deciding factor on whether the farm bill makes it through the Senate. Recent legislation has passed the chamber only after top Republicans and Democrats agreed over which amendments and how many to consider to legislation. If legislators do not come to an agreement, the farm bill could fail, despite bipartisan support.
Sen. Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowTrump's pick to lead Medicare won't say if she supports negotiating prices with drug companies Overnight Finance: Fed chief tries to stay above partisan fray | Bill would eliminate consumer agency | Trump signs repeal of SEC rule on foreign payments Lawmakers urge Trump to raise trade issues with Abe MORE (D-Mich.), the co-sponsor of the farm bill, said Tuesday that discussions were under way on agreeing on amendments to the farm bill.