The U-S Senate passed a five-year, 500-billion dollar farm bill Monday night and forwarded the legislation on to the House.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the wide-ranging bill is "a step in the right direction" with what he says are "responsible" payment limits on the commodity program:
The farm and nutrition bill passed the Senate on a 66-27 vote. Grassley says the bill also includes his hard cap proposal on farm payments but doesn't go as far as he hoped on food stamps:
Grassley, a Republican, says he hopes members of the House take note of the reforms in the Senate-passed bill and sees the "positive changes" senators made to the farm payment system.
South Dakota's U.S. senators have different takes on the farm bill. Democrat Tim Johnson supports it, saying it'll ensure the continued integrity of farm programs, reduce the budget deficit and support the millions of jobs that rely on agriculture.
Republican John Thune says the Senate missed an opportunity to improve federal agriculture policy. He says the Senate bill reauthorizes an outdated program, and fails to rein in redundancy and waste.
The House is to take up its version of the farm bill later this month.
Associated Press & Radio Iowa contributed to this story