2013 Scorecard Vote
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) sponsored S. 954, the Senate Farm Bill titled the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013, which would enact important conservation practices to protect soil, wetlands, and wildlife. The bill included a historic agreement between agriculture organizations and environmental groups on conservation compliance, requiring farmers to comply with basic soil and water conservation measures in order to receive taxpayer-funded premium subsidies for crop insurance. It also included a national Sodsaver provision that would protect native wildlife habitat and clean water supplies by discouraging farmers from converting America's prairies and grasslands into cropland. On June 10, the Senate approved S. 954 by a vote of 66-27 (Senate roll call vote 145). YES IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. As of this writing, the House and Senate Farm Bills are in conference committee.