Bevin criticizes McConnell for backing farm bill

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's support of the federal farm bill is drawing sharp criticism back home from his Republican challenger in Kentucky.

Louisville businessman Matt Bevin said Wednesday the nearly $100 billion-a-year measure amounts to a "massive overreach" into free markets.

Bevin says most of the spending goes to "welfare programs," and says McConnell failed taxpayers again.

McConnell campaign spokeswoman Allison Moore says Bevin's criticism shows he's out of touch with Kentucky farmers and the farm bill's importance.

Bevin is challenging McConnell in the May 20 primary.

Agriculture is a big business in Kentucky, where farm cash receipts were on a pace toward $6 billion last year. Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney praised Senate passage of the farm bill Tuesday. Haney said the measure provides farmers with the needed stability to continue production.

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