Senate faces choices on pink slime, tracking DOD's fruit and vegetable purchases in farm bill debate

Vermont's two senators, Bernie SandersBernie SandersSocial Security: focus on solvency first Clinton lauds Warren in first joint appearance Warren knocks Trump as she campaigns with Clinton MORE (I) and Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySenate Dems rip GOP on immigration ruling Bernie Sanders’s awkward return to the Senate Senate heads toward internet surveillance fight MORE (D), proposed their own language that would expand upon a program in which the Defense Department helps deliver fresh fruit and vegetables to schools. The DOD's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program started in 1995, with the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia delivering these products to schools along with shipments they make to military installations.

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Under the Sanders-Leahy language, the secretaries of Agriculture and Defense would have to better track these purchases, including the states from which purchases are made, and report this information back to Congress.

Elsewhere, Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA 14 dead in West Virginia flooding Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteJuan Williams: GOP sounds the sirens over Trump McConnell quashes Senate effort on guns Republicans blast latest Gitmo transfer MORE (R-N.H.) have proposed an amendment that would require the government to publish dietary guidelines for pregnant women and children up to age 2, beginning in 2020.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) introduced an amendment that would force all agriculture spending under the 2009 stimulus bill to expire at the end of June, rather than at the end of fiscal year 2013. And Sen. Mike JohannsMike JohannsTo buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops Revisiting insurance regulatory reform in a post-crisis world MORE (R-Neb.) proposed a provision that would prohibit the aerial surveillance of agriculture operations.

Still others have nothing to do with the ongoing farm bill debate. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamGun-control supporters plan next steps versus NRA Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote Senate Republicans may defy NRA on guns MORE (R-S.C.) proposed a resolution on the importance of keeping nuclear weapons out of Iran, and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) introduced an amendment to repeal the Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

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