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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Wed May 22, 2013 09:27 PM CDT

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin took to the floor Wednesday to advocate means testing and limits on the crop-insurance premium subsidy.

Durbin, D-Ill., spoke for an amendment both he and Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., offered last year which would reduce the premium subsidy by 15% for people or legal entities with more than $750,000 adjusted gross income. That amendment got 66 votes last year in the Senate.

Durbin said he supports crop insurance. Crop insurance is a better safety net than direct payments and more defensible, but there should be limits in what a person received. He highlighted the growing ...

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