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DeMint inserts “repeal Dodd-Frank” amendment in farm bill

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Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has introduced an amendment to a congressional agriculture bill that would ultimately repeal the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act.

DeMint introduced the amendment, which states simply “repeal of Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act,” to the Agriculture, Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, The Hill reports.

The amendment is just one of close to 24 that DeMint has introduced to the agriculture bill. One amendment expresses Senate sentiment that no other provisions of the farm bill should increase the cost of food, while another amendment prohibits the agriculture secretary from extending price supports to producers.

Other statesmen and stateswomen have also introduced amendments to the farm bill.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) introduced an amendment that would prevent Department of Agriculture personnel from carrying firearms in rural regions, with exceptions for USDA officials and the Forest Park Service. Paul also introduced an amendment that would repeal the federal food stamp program, replacing it with a state-controlled block grant framework, according to The Hill.

Additionally, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) introduced an amendment that requires the agriculture and transportation secretaries to conduct a study related to transportation and agricultural products.

Despite bipartisan support, if legislators cannot come to agreement regarding how many amendments to consider in the farm bill, the legislation may not pass, The Hill reports.

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