Lincoln, Pryor Fight Cuts to Southern Agriculture

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Blanche Lincoln today praised the Senate for blocking an amendment that would have reduced the amount of annual payments farmers can receive in subsidies under the farm bill.

The bipartisan amendment to the $286 billion bill would have limited overall farm payments to $250,000 yearly per married couple, down from the current limit of $360,000.

The amendment was rejected 56-43.  Under an agreement between the parties, the amendment needed 60 votes to survive.

Senator Mark Pryor also voted against the amendment.

Lincoln says the measure would have forced many family farmers to give up their way of life.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)