While this is not her first farm bill, this is the first time Tammy Baldwin has dealt with one in the Senate. After serving seven terms in the House, the Wisconsin Democrat was elected to the Senate last November and she says there are some differences. She was still in the House last year when the farm bill was never brought to the floor due to differences in food assistance spending. “It is a very different process on the Senate side,” and while there are differences, “We have a lot more consensus on this side of the capitol than they seem to have on the House side.”
I talked with the Senator just after a vote on an amendment to reduce the crop insurance premium subsidy for larger farmers. There are still amendments to be offered and debates to be held but Baldwin thinks the most controversial amendments are behind them and the Senate will pass the farm bill. As it stands now she would “definitely” vote for the bill.