Obama Statement on Payment Limitations Vote
U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) today released the following statement on the Senate's failure to pass the Dorgan-Grassley amendment (#3695) to the Farm Bill (H.R. 2419). This amendment would have ensured that federal payments went directly to family farmers instead of large agri-businesses, and capped these payments at $250,000 per farmer. The Senate failed to break a Republican filibuster on the amendment; the vote was 56-43, with Senator Obama voting against the filibuster:
"I am disappointed that the Senate failed to approve this modest, but critically important, reform measure. This proposal would have ensured that federal payments go to family farmers, instead of large agri-businesses. This amendment also would have helped our rural communities by generating $1 billion to support beginning and minority farmers, as well as rural development, conservation and nutrition programs."