By Erik Wasson
The last Senate farm bill was thought to cut deficits by $23 billion
over 10 years by replacing direct farm payments and countercyclical
payments with expanded crop insurance.
But a new score from
the Congressional Budget Office this year found that the bill only
shaved $13 billion from deficits, meaning Stabenow will need to search
for deep cuts to meet demands from fiscal hawks and House Republicans.
Last year's House farm bill cut $35 billion, with large chunks of it coming from food stamps.