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Chambliss plans to vote "no" on farm bill

WASHINGTON, DC -

The U.S. Senate could vote this week on the new farm bill that will affect how south Georgia farmers do business and will impact our region's economy for the next five years. And Senator Saxby Chambliss doesn't like it.

Monday night, Senate leaders broke a deadlock on the half trillion dollar bill. They pared down nearly 300 proposed amendments to about 70 that they'll start debating Tuesday. Once they work through the amendments, a vote on the bill could come later this week.

WALB News 10 talked to Senator Chambliss on the phone from Washington Monday night, and he told us the bill isn't fair to south Georgia farmers. "It's probably a farm bill I'm not going to be able to support simply because it doesn't treat southern crops fairly, and that's unfortunate. It's a midwestern farm bill, and some of my friends in the midwest aren't particularly happy with it, and we hope that we can ultimately get it fixed in conference with the House," Chambliss said. 

He says the bill would provide payments to some corn and soybean farmers even if they make a profit while the safety net peanut and cotton farmers now depend on would be taken away.

The House hasn't come up with a bill yet. Chambliss is optimistic they'll have a better version and ultimately the House and Senate will agree on a bill that's fair.

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