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The amendment, attached to the farm bill currently under consideration, was approved in a vote of 63-36. Sen. Tom CoburnThomas (Tom) Allen CoburnPension insolvency crisis only grows as Congress sits on its hands Paul Ryan should realize that federal earmarks are the currency of cronyism Republicans in Congress shouldn't try to bring back earmarks MORE (R-Okla.) authored the amendment.

Just before the vote on that amendment, the Senate approved two of four other measures. One amendment, introduced by Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo Heitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State MORE (D-W.Va.) and approved by voice vote, would issue national diet guidelines for mothers with children up to 2 years old. 

The other amendment the Senate approved was by Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyOvernight Energy: Senate confirms Bridenstine as NASA chief | Watchdog probes Pruitt’s use of security detail | Emails shine light on EPA science policy changes 32 male senators back Senate women's calls to change harassment rules Duckworth brings her baby to Senate vote, drawing a crowd MORE (D-Ore.). Merkley's amendment would give crop insurance by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to organic crop producers. The insurance, under that amendment, is the same as for non-organic crops.

The Senate defeated two amendments by Coburn and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). Coburn's other amendment would have cut funding to the market access program in order to prohibit spending on "television shows, wine tastings, animal spa products, and cat or dog food." DeMint's amendment would stop the Secretary of Agriculture from increasing grants to entities that provide broadband access in rural areas.