The Senate today blocked an amendment that would cut farm subsidies and replace them with stronger crop insurance for farmers.
By a 58 to 37 vote, the Senate killed the amendment to the bulky farm bill proposed by Sens. Richard Lugar and Frank Lautenberg. Many senators from farm states said the amendment moved too far, too fast.
There are several more amendments in the works that would limit the subsidies the government could pay out to farmers of commodity crops.