AGRIBUSINESS: Senate Farm Bill Vote Set

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The Senate agreed Thursday morning to end debate on the farm bill and proceed to a final vote, invoking cloture on a vote of 75-22.

In remarks ahead of the vote, Senate Ag Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow noted that the bill includes 38 amendments approved by the Senate last year and 14 added in debate this year.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced the vote on final passage of the farm bill will be held Monday at 5:30pm EST.

While the Senate was in session Friday, they did not take up the farm bill. It wasn’t clear Thursday if there would be a manager’s package of noncontroversial amendments added to the bill. A vote is slated on an amendment to establish a pilot program for gigabit Internet projects in rural areas before the vote on farm bill passage. It appears the Senate will then move on to the immigration reform bill.