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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 CoburnRepublicans in Congress shouldn't try to bring back earmarks Republicans should know reviving earmarks is a political nightmare Former GOP senator: Trump has a personality disorder 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) ManchinMcConnell to Dems: Don't hold government 'hostage' over DACA Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Senate campaign fundraising reports roll in 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 MerkleyEarly tax bill reality very different than Democratic rhetoric Senate GOP seeks to change rules for Trump picks Dem senators tear into Trump: Tax bill 'a very big Christmas gift from Trump to himself' 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.