Roberts, Moran split on farm bill

Kansas’ senators split on the $500 billion, five-year farm bill Monday, with Sen. Pat Roberts voting “no” and Sen. Jerry Moran in the 66-vote majority. “I want a farm bill to provide certainty for America’s producers and consumers, but this is not the best bill possible for farmers and ranchers or the taxpayer,” Roberts said in a statement. “Among my concerns, I am disappointed the farm bill includes target prices.” Moran said in a statement: “While I prefer the farm bill that passed a year ago, the new bill’s passage will help to reduce our swelling national debt by reforming costly programs, and gives farmers and ranchers the tools necessary to make certain the United States remains the most food secure country in the world.” Though a Roberts amendment to cut food stamps by $31 billion failed on a party-line vote, the bill includes a cut of about $400 million a year. The House is expected to take up its version of the farm bill later this month. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, predicted: “Unless there are some significant changes and some significant effort, I don’t think this’ll get across the floor.”