“A death in the family should not be a taxable event. Unfortunately, a majority of Senate Democrats opposed full repeal of this unfair tax on family farms and businesses, and continue to support a tax policy that hurts economic growth and job creation," Thune said regarding the amendment's rejection.
Amendments not considered included:
-An amendment to limit "onerous regulations" on the fishing industry from Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H.
-Amendment 435 from Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to maintain funding for Agricultural Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture research.
-Four amendments regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program from Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., continuing his platform for SNAP reform. His amendments either took pieces of his full SNAP reform bill (S. 458) or provided the whole bill as an amendment.
-An amendment from Tom Coburn, R-Okla., limiting food that can be purchased using SNAP benefits to only healthy foods.
-An amendment from Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, limiting federal regulation of food and beverage size and quantity.
As it stands, the Senate budget does include funding for a new Farm Bill. An estimated $23 billion in savings is expected to come from a new Senate farm bill under the budget plan.