The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSenate votes to confirm Rosenstein as deputy attorney general Senate approves Trump's Agriculture chief Dems urge Trump to include Northeast Corridor tunnel project in infrastructure bill MORE (D-N.Y.), would have removed an amendment in the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (S. 3240) which cuts $4.5 billion from the federal food stamp program. The amendment was voted down, 33 to 66.
"This amendment does not extend or expand the food stamp program. It provides the exact same programs that families receive today," Gillibrand said ahead of the vote.
Gillibrand's is a number of food stamp amendments the Senate is considering for the farm bill. The other amendments, sponsored by Republicans, add limits to the food stamp program.
Just before the vote on Gillibrand's amendment, the Senate approved an amendment by Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinDemocrats exploring lawsuit against Trump Overnight Finance: Dems explore lawsuit against Trump | Full-court press for Trump tax plan | Clock ticks down to spending deadline Comey to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee MORE (D-Calif.) calling on studies of food safety recalls.
The Senate also voted down an amendment by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) that eliminated a cost share assistance program for organic food.