Reid for, Ensign Against Farm Bill Headed to Bush

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada's two U-S senators voted on opposite sides of the farm bill that passed the Senate today and is on its way to President Bush's desk.

Democrat Harry Reid says it will provide many important benefits to people throughout Nevada.

Republican John Ensign says he voted against it partly because it expands subsidies to wealthy farmers.

Reid said the $290 billion bill that passed the Senate on a 81-15 vote will provide more than $1 billion over the next decade to help low-income families put food on the table. He said $110 million will be directed to provide help through food banks and soup kitchens struggling with rising food costs.

It also spends $175 million to acquire water to restore the Walker River Basin and three desert lakes - Walker Lake, Summit Lake and Pyramid Lake.

Ensign supported that part of the bill, but he says overall, it spends too much money and increases the deficit.

He says the bottom line is the farm bill produces nothing but more government reliance at the expense of the American taxpayer.

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