WASHINGTON - The Senate on Thursday voted 95-5 to pass a $6 billion crop insurance reform package, clearing the way for joint negotiations with the House.

Improving the nation's crop-insurance program has drawn strong support from farm groups as well as bankers. The House last year passed a similar measure, which like the Senate version would run through 2004. The next step for both houses of Congress will be to resolve differences between the two bills.

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