A two-year agreement has been struck to keep the federal government going.
Sen. Deb Fischer says she has been reviewing it with her staff.
“Yes, we have some concerns with it,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Some of the things in it are raising some red flags for us.”
A big red flag is being raised in Big Red country. The deal, as it currently stands, would slash $3 billion from the crop insurance program over the next 10 years.
Many didn’t see that coming.
“No, I didn’t expect it either,” Fischer says. “I can tell you senators from big agriculture states did not expect it. That was a surprise and it was not a pleasant surprise. We’re hearing from Nebraskans about that.”
Fischer says farm lawmakers will attempt to amend the deal, but any changes appear unlikely.
Farmers gave up direct payments in favor of crop management in the latest farm bill.
The budget deal represents an agreement of sorts between Congressional Republicans and the Obama Administration to end all budget battles until after the 2016 elections, when there will be a new president chosen and a new Congress elected.
The House has already approved the deal, passing it on a 266 to 167 vote. Congressmen Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican, and Congressman Brad Ashford, a Democrat, voted for the deal. Congressman Adrian Smith, a Republican, voted against it.
Senate leaders have promised to take up the deal quickly.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]