The Farm Bill was introduced to the Senate Floor by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Tuesday, June 5. The Senate is expected to proceed with a cloture vote on Thursday to begin debate on the bill. While Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Roberts (R-KS) helped to shepherd legislation through Committee in a matter of hours, debate on the bill and forthcoming amendments may take up to two or three weeks. Details on specific amendments that will be offered are still pending. Chairwoman Stabenow has voiced confidence that she has the necessary votes to pass this legislation off the floor.
Chairman Lucas (R-OK) of the House Agriculture Committee continues to work toward drafting his farm bill mark with the intent of having it ready later in June, perhaps the week of June 18. Chairman Lucas is not expected to put forward language until the Senate passes Chairwoman Stabenow’s bill off the floor.
The Healthy Farms, Healthy People Coalition will be monitoring developments. Please stay tuned for more information.
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