Paul touts crop insurance, immigration reform to farmers

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky
Sen. Rand Paul

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Rand Paul has told Kentucky farm leaders he supports federal crop insurance programs but did not say whether he would support the next federal farm bill if he is re-elected to the U.S. Senate.

Paul took questions from the Kentucky Farm Bureau board of directors on Thursday during the organization’s “measure the candidates” forum. Paul voted against the 2014 farm bill because he said he said it was too expensive. But he said he voted against stripping the crop insurance program from the bill and said he is committed to reforming the immigration program for temporary agriculture workers.

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Jim Gray, Paul’s Democratic challenger, has criticized Paul for not voting for the farm bill. Gray is scheduled to address the group later Thursday afternoon.


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