Reid Files for Cloture to Launch Farm Bill Debate


The following article is from Feedstuffs:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) filed for a cloture vote Tuesday which sets up the process to begin the debate of the farm bill in the Senate. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.) has said the Senate easily has the 60 votes needed to move forward on debate.

During a press conference Tuesday, Reid called the bill a “job-creating” bill and also noted it is a bill that “cuts subsidies significantly,” touting the nearly $24 billion in savings.

In a press call Monday Stabenow noted she was not likely to move the bill by using a manager’s amendments which lumps all agreed upon amendments together from the majority and minority leaders. Instead, she said members could introduce amendments. Reid added in the press call that the Senate will allow for “relevant amendments and move forward on this bill.”

In a statement, National Corn Growers Assn. president Garry Niemeyer said NCGA “appreciates the actions taken by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to move forward with Senate consideration of the 2012 farm bill this week,” after Reid filed for cloture. Niemeyer urged action on the bill before the July 4th congressional recess.

Source:  Feedstuffs

Posted by Haylie Shipp


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