Sen. Amy Klobuchar. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

While visiting Iowa on Saturday, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar released a farming-focused plan as part of her 2020 body of policy that includes raising the debt cap on farm bankruptcies and increasing access to federal loan programs.

By the numbers: The presidential hopeful's priorities for farmers include raising the liability cap from $4.2 million to $10 million, giving more farmers flexibility to seek relief, especially during hiccups in the economy.

  • Klobuchar also wants to increase the Department of Agriculture's loan limit from $400,000 to $600,000, and the farm ownership loan limit from $600,000 to $650,000.

The big picture: Low commodity prices, economic uncertainty, lending regulations, climate change and President Trump’s trade war have all posed challenges to family farms throughout the U.S. Since June 2014, bankruptcy filings for farms in the Central U.S. have nearly doubled, coinciding with commodity prices began to drop.

  • The Minnesota Democrat also intends to overhaul small refinery waivers, new compliance standards and added oversight.

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Biden on Supreme Court fight: "This is about whether or not the ACA will exist"

Joe Biden made health care the overwhelming focus of his remarks from Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday, stressing that the Senate confirmation battle over Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court is about preserving the Affordable Care Act in the midst of a pandemic.

Why it matters: Democrats are aggressively pushing the message that Barrett, who has previously criticized Chief Justice John Roberts for his 2012 ruling salvaging the ACA, will seek to invalidate the law when the Supreme Court hears a Trump administration-backed lawsuit against it on Nov. 10.

McMaster: Trump's peaceful transition comments are a "gift to our adversaries"

President Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses November's presidential election is a "gift to our adversaries," Trump's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday.

The big picture: McMaster, a retired three-star general, said that the American people must understand that the military will have "no role" in a presidential transition and that it's "irresponsible" to even talk about it as a possibility.

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