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Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 - Continued

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Madam President, this amendment is offered on behalf of Senator McCain and myself.

Ladies and gentlemen, tobacco is not just another crop. It is the largest preventable cause of cancer deaths in this country. Exactly 443,000 people die every year. It costs Medicaid an additional $22 billion.

In 2004 a special assessment of $9.6 billion was authorized to buy out tobacco farms in the United States. That has 1 more year to run.

We subsidize tobacco crop insurance. We should not. This country should become tobacco-free. It will save lives.

I urge you to support this amendment.

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Mrs. FEINSTEIN. Madam President, we are not talking about eliminating crop insurance. There are plenty of crops that don't have crop insurance, but this crop does. We are talking about eliminating the Federal subsidy, which amounts to $30 million-plus a year for crop insurance.

With respect to my distinguished friend and colleague on the other side of the aisle, I misspoke once today. This is an assessment from the tobacco industry. I thought I straightened that out. But the assessment that paid for the buyout of $9.6 billion is what I am speaking of.

But this is a Federal subsidy on crop insurance. You can still get crop insurance, but it won't be federally subsidized.

I yield the floor.

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