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The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSenate passes 6B defense bill Congress must confront sexual abuse of military children The Hill's Morning Report — Can the economy help Republicans buck political history in 2018? 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 Emiel FeinsteinSenate passes 6B defense bill Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Live coverage: FBI chief, Justice IG testify on critical report 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.