Grassley, Harkin split over bill

Iowa’s United States senators were divided over the Farm Bill approved Tuesday by the Senate.

U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican, voted against it because, he said, it watered down limits on farm payments that he authored.

”I’m extremely disappointed that my provisions to place a hard cap on farm payments and better define who can receive those payments were stripped down to such a great extent that they likely won’t have much effect,” he said in a written statement. ”Unfortunately, a few members of the House and Senate placed parochial interests above the broader good for the agricultural community.”

U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, voted for it. He was a member of the House and Senate conference committee that wrote the bill. A statement from him on the bill’s passage wasnt’t available Tuesday evening.