Lincoln's Ag Disaster Money Dropped from Senate Bill

Lincoln's Ag Disaster Money Dropped from Senate Bill

Senate Ag Chair's disaster provision will come from USDA.

Senate Ag Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., pulled her $1.5 billion ag disaster provision from the pending Small Business Jobs bill on Thursday after the Obama administration agreed to take money from existing programs to fund the payments to eligible farmers and ranchers.

In exchange for pulling ag disaster from the small business bill she says she secured an agreement from both Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel to deliver critical agriculture disaster assistance administratively in the next two weeks. Lincoln declined to say where the money would be taken from.

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