Royce sets up congressional fight over food aid

Opponents say the reforms would gut a Cold War-era program that provides crucial support for U.S. farmers.

“American agriculture is one of the few U.S. business sectors to produce a trade surplus, exporting $108 billion in farm goods in 2010,” 21 senators wrote to Obama opposing the overhaul when rumors first emerged. “During this time of economic distress, we should maintain support for the areas of our economy that are growing.”

The letter was signed by the chairmen of the Agriculture and Agricultural appropriations panels – Sens. Debbie StabenowDebbie StabenowGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs Dems to McConnell: Pass 'clean' extension of Iran sanctions MORE (D-Mich.) and Mark PryorMark PryorCotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm Top Democrats are no advocates for DC statehood MORE (D-Ark.) – and by ranking members Thad CochranThad CochranGOP senators avoid Trump questions on rigged election Momentum builds for Clyburn poverty plan 'Hardball' Pentagon memo creates firestorm MORE (R-Miss.) and Roy BluntRoy BluntGOP groups ride to rescue in 3 key Senate races Overnight Healthcare: Key ObamaCare plan to see steep rate hike The Trail 2016: Who is really winning? MORE (R-Mo.), as well as by Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiBetter child care for stronger families GOP Senate candidate: It's 'not practical' to repeal ObamaCare Senate Dems: Add Flint aid to spending deal MORE (D-Md).

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