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“I believe the farm bill — and programs like it — can be a part of the debt ceiling solution because it can provide real savings toward the deficit,” Hoeven said. “In the case of the farm bill, that means more than $24 billion in savings.”

The Senate passed a farm bill earlier this year that reduced spending levels by $24 billion. The House separated food assistance programs from the agriculture policy and slashed food assistance by nearly $40 billion, meaning conferees will have their work cut out for them.

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidCharles Koch thanks Harry Reid for helping his book sales Warren cautions Dems against infighting Dems see surge of new candidates MORE (D-Nev.) named conferees last week, and Hoeven was among them.