Reid Threatens to Pull the Plug on Farm Bill


The following article is from

by David Rogers

Farm bill advocates were shopping an ambitious consent agreement late Monday that would allow the Senate to move ahead this week after votes on close to 70 different amendments, including several non-germane proposals demanded by prominent Republicans.

Crop insurance, sugar price supports, and food stamps would all be subject to challenges testing their political support. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is promised a vote on his proposed RAISE Act amending labor law to give employers greater ability to reward performance bonuses. And side-by-side amendments — including one sought by Sen. John McCain — tested regarding the administration’s preparations for the threat of automatic spending cuts in January.

The offer is the product of bipartisan talks between Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and the panel’s ranking Republican, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) praised their effort but warned that without an agreement he will feel compelled to file cloture on the measure.

“We spent so much precious time on this bill, precious time that we don’t have,” Reid said. “We need to move forward. We’re going to move forward or off this bill. I hope we will be able to move forward with this.”


Posted by Haylie Shipp


Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x