Regional
12:44 pm
Fri June 4, 2004

House Republicans Agree on Tobacco Buy Out

Washington, D.C. – House Republicans have agreed on a bill to buy out
tobacco farmers. The government would put about
ten billion dollars into the five year buy out program.
In return, tobacco producers would give up a depression
era system that has propped up the price of leaf
through quotas.

U-S Representative Ron Lewis of Kentucky's Second
Congressional District says the measure could have
a significant impact, and he says the White House has
been "very much involved" in crafting the plan.

Meanwhile, U-S Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky says
he thinks the House lawmakers have crafted a "solid
proposal" with the buy out plan.