Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow asked unanimous consent on the
Senate floor Thursday afternoon to move to a conference with the House on the farm bill. The Senate accepted her resolution without exception. Stabenow called the action - which will send the farm bill back to the House and set the stage for a conference and the appointment of conferees - a very important step.
Stabenow asked that Senate conferees be appointed with a ratio of seven Democrats to five Republicans. There was no objection. Despite the twists and turns to this point - Stabenow expressed confidence that Congress will approve a bipartisan farm bill. Stabenow reiterated that the Senate produced a comprehensive, bipartisan, balanced farm bill that addresses the agricultural needs and concerns of the country. She said the bill addresses food security, conservation of our soil and water, bioenergy and rural development.
Stabenow specifically thanked Committee Ranking Member That Cochran and committee members John Hoeven and Saxby Chambliss for their work in the process. She also commended House Ag Chair Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson for their efforts. Stabenow said she is confident that working together - they can get this done for the American people.