Sen. Rand Paul not backing down on farm bill

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He said that farm bills in the past took up to six weeks on the floor, and he urged Senate Democrats to allow votes on his food stamp reform bills.

He said he is pushing the Pakistan amendment because he thinks it will pass.

“Eighty percent of Americans are against foreign aid,” he said.

If a bipartisan agreement on amendments list cannot be reached, the Senate farm bill may be pulled from the floor. Alternatively, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could gamble and try to hold a cloture vote, daring the GOP to vote down the farm bill on procedural grounds. 

The farm bill cuts the deficit by $23.6 billion, and supporters note that it is a rare spending bill that enjoys bipartisan support.

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