What: All Issues : Aid to Less Advantaged People, at Home & Abroad : Farmers : H.J. Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Provide $5.9 Billion in Drought Relief to Farmers.
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H.J. Res 2. Fiscal 2003 Omnibus Appropriations/Vote to Provide $5.9 Billion in Drought Relief to Farmers.
senate Roll Call 16     Jan 22, 2003
Y = Conservative
N = Progressive
Winning Side:
Conservative

Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD) proposed this amendment to the 2003 federal budget to address the financial hardships of Midwestern farmers whose crops have been destroyed as a result of prolonged drought in the past two years. To help these farmers, Daschle's amendment directs $5.9 billion in drought relief to those whose crop yields have fallen by over 35% in either 2001 or 2002. This measure is similar to one offered by Senator Cochran (see Roll Call Vote #15) but is more comprehensive--Daschle's amendment provides $2.8 billion more in relief than does Cochran's amendment and, furthermore, allows farmers to receive aid based on their crop losses during 2001 (not just 2002 as does the Cochran amendment). Progressives supported Daschle's amendment as a way to target much-needed relief to struggling Midwestern farmers, but the measure failed by a vote of 39-56.

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