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Johanns votes against the Senate's Farm Bill but it still passes out of committee

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Ag committees in the U.S. House have advanced their version of the Farm Bill out of committee in a late night session.

The Senate's version advanced out of committee earlier this week, despite a lack of support from a Nebraska lawmaker.

Sen. Mike Johanns was one of five dissenting votes on advancing the Senate's Farm Bill out of committee.

The senator said Thursday he always wants to be a yes vote on the Farm Bill but said he couldn't support the version proposed in the Senate.

Johanns says the bills' writers said the bill would save about $24-billion but Johanns says that number is probably closer to $15-million.

He also says he's against the bill's push to move away from government based payments to a market-based approach.

Johanns says that would force target prices for commodities up and give the government too much control over the market.

"The government should not be involved in setting prices for commodities. The government should not be involved in raising market prices, which is exactly what is happening," said Sen. Mike Johanns, (R) Nebraska.

Johanns did say there are portions of both the House and Senate versions of the bill that he does support and added he believes a new five-year Farm Bill will get passed this session.

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