WASHINGTON (B)--Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar unveiled July 19 a bill with diverse farm relief measures, including everything from tax relief to fast track trade authority, and his colleague, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS, stressed that together they will get those provisions passed this year by any possible means.

Lugar, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and primary sponsor of the bill, told reporters at a Capitol Hill conference that he is not likely to attempt to offer the legislation as an amendment to the 2001 farm budget bill. However, he and Roberts said that some or all of the bill's provisions are likely to find there way into a later conference committee on the farm-spending bill.

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