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Wisconsin's two U.S. senators vote to increase food aid to poor

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

Democrats Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold were in the majority Tuesday, when the Senate approved a $124 billion agriculture spending bill on an 80-17 vote.

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More than two-thirds of the package is for domestic food programs, including $61 billion for food stamps which would make millions more people eligible.

More than 34 million Americans were getting food stamps in May, about 6 million more than the previous year.

The federal school lunch program would get 12 percent more money and a popular food aid program for pregnant women and poor children is getting a 9 percent boost.

The package also helps dairy farmers. They would get up to $1.50 more in federal price supports for every 100 pounds produced.

About $350 million in milk supports were added to the budget on a 60-37 vote. Kohl and Feingold both voted yes.

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