The Nation

Unable to agree in private on new farm subsidies, the Senate Agriculture Committee took its disagreements public and came away with a variation on current law that at a three-year cost of $31 billion was $10.5 billion over target. On a 10-4 vote, with four voting "present," the panel agreed to use at least as a basis for a new farm bill a plan offered by Sens. Edward Zorinsky (D-Neb.) and Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-Kan.) that would allow for reductions in price supports but make up for that with higher subsidy payments.

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