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

Vermont's two senators, Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders launches nonprofit to carry on campaign's goals The Trail 2016: Control the Alt-Right Shift Uber to help drivers plan for retirement MORE (I) and Patrick LeahyPatrick LeahySanders, liberals press Obama to expand closure of private prisons Police union: Clinton snubbed us Congress saving the past for the future 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 ManchinDem Senate candidate: Toomey 'playing politics' with guns Political bedfellows of 2016 may be strange but not unheard of Dem senator's daughter could face Congress over EpiPen price hike MORE (D-W.Va.) and Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteAyotte: Trump not always honest, trustworthy NH senate candidate: 'I didn't give my best answer' on Clinton honesty Republicans slam 0M 'ransom' payment to Iran 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 GrahamThe Trail 2016: Clinton’s ups and downs Graham: GOP being 'left behind' under Trump Thousands of Soros docs released by alleged Russian-backed hackers 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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