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Disappointed Senator Says Failed Farm Bill Offered 'Real Savings' to Cut Deficit


"This isn't just about our ranchers and farmers, this is about every American."

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20: Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) discusses an immigration agreement outside the Senate chamber June 20, 2013 in Washington, DC. Corker and Hoeven carved out an agreement designed to fortify border security with the 'Group of Eight', a bipartisan group of Senators, that drafted an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws. Credit: Getty Images

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Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said Congress made a mistake by not passing the Farm bill and he hopes the bill gets a second chance because it will help reduce the deficit and ensure high-quality, low-cost food remains available for Americans.

"Good farm policy benefits all Americans - that means the highest-quality, lowest-cost food supply in the world," Hoeven said in a video response (below) via, a website that allows people to ask questions to their elected representatives. "So this isn't just about our ranchers and farmers, this is about every American -- and in this farm bill, we provide real savings to reduce the deficit and the debt."

The House voted 234-195 Thursday to reject the half-trillion-dollar farm bill. The last-minute addition of optional state work requirements turned away many Democratic votes from the typically bipartisan support for farm bills,  the AP reported. The bill also included a contentious provision that would have cut roughly $2 billion annually from food stamp funding while imposing stricter rules regarding eligibility in the nearly $80 billion-a-year program.

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