The amendment failed on Tuesday, 43 to 56.
Sessions's amendment is one of a number submitted to the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (S. 3240). Another one, by Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandChelsea Clinton to be honored by Variety, Lifetime Ten years later, House Dems reunite and look forward Senate Dems introduce bill to rescind Trump border wall, immigration order MORE (D-N.Y.), returns funding to the food stamp program that the farm bill cuts.
Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulHealthcare fight pits Trump against Club for Growth GOP rep: Trump could be 'one-term president' if healthcare bill passes Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief urges Congress to approve budget boost | Senate fight over NATO addition MORE (R-Ky.) also introduced an amendment that would have replaced the food stamp program with state block grants. That amendment was defeated a week earlier.
Just before the vote on Sessions's amendment, the Senate approved three other amendments by roll-call votes and one by voice vote. One of those amendments, by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), required "federal milk marketing order reform" in the farm bill. That amendment was approved, 66-33.
The Senate also approved an amendment by Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyLive coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing Live coverage: Day two of Supreme Court nominee hearing Grassley, CNN host spar over Trump wiretap claims MORE (R-Iowa) that limits payments "for marketing loan gains and loan deficiency payments." That amendment was approved 75-25.
An amendment by Sen. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownSenate Dem facing 2018 reelection to oppose Gorsuch RNC drops six-figure ad buy for Supreme Court, healthcare fight Overnight Finance: White House backs off stock market boasts as Dow, Nasdaq drop | Trump budget shifts costs to rural voters who elected him | Fight over CEO pay rule heats up MORE (D-Ohio) that funds rural development programs was approved 55-44.
The amendment approved by voice vote was one by Sen. Max BaucusMax BaucusGOP hasn’t reached out to centrist Dem senators Five reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through Business groups express support for Branstad nomination MORE (D-Mont.), which aimed to improve the livestock forage disaster program.