Congress Resumes Farm Bill Debate

Nathan  Bowen Posted on 06/04/2013 by Nathan Bowen

Following its Memorial Day recess, the Senate resumed its debate on the Farm Bill yesterday. As that chamber continues to work through the hundreds of amendments that have been filed on the bill, Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said Monday that she hopes to finish the bill this week. However, an agreement on which amendments will be voted on remains elusive. Without an agreement, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to file cloture on the bill which would trigger a vote on the bill as early as Thursday.

Meanwhile, according to a Friday memo from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) that outlined the House’s June legislative agenda, the House is expected to consider a series of appropriations and national security measures this month, before potentially turning its attention to the Farm Bill. In his memo, Cantor said he “look(s) forward to a robust debate and an open process on the House floor.”

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