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Broad Support in Congress for Crop Insurance

An amendment to the Farm Bill that was bad for crop insurance was overwhelmingly defeated.
May 21, 2018

An amendment to the Farm Bill offered by Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA), that would have completely phased out the premium discounts farmers receive when they purchase their crop insurance policies and would have gutted the private sector crop insurance delivery system, was voted down overwhelmingly, 34-380. Additionally, this amendment would have eliminated other critical farm programs that farmers rely on.

“We commend the House for voting to protect crop insurance and recognizing the important role that independent insurance agents play in the delivery of the program,” said Gentile in a statement after the vote. “With over 290 million acres protected, crop insurance is a sound investment that protects farmers’ ability to manage their risk and continues to provide a safe, strong, and dependable food supply.”

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