June 19, 2012
Last week, Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) filed an amendment (S.A. 2438), which is identical to Senator Cardin’s (D-MD) Soil and Wetlands Conservation Amendment (S.A. 2219), detailed in a previous blog post. This amendment would reattach basic soil and water conservation measures to premium subsidies for crop insurance. Chambliss’s version will be considered on the Senate floor on Wednesday, June 20. The vote is expected to be close.
Over 90 organizations sent a letter to the Senate in support of the previous Cardin amendment, and since that time more than 20 additional groups have joined the letter to support the Soil and Wetlands Conservation Amendment.
NSAC is working in support of the Chambliss soil and wetlands conservation amendment. The amendment is also endorsed by American Farmland Trust, American Rivers, Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, Izaak Walton League of America, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Farmers Union, National Wildlife Federation, Soil and Water Conservation Society, Trout Unlimited, and World Wildlife Fund, among many others.