Farm Bill Issues
David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said Monday that she has the 60 votes to move ahead on the new farm bill this week and remains ‘very optimistic’ about getting across the Senate floor by the end of this month.
“‘Yes, that’s not in question,’ she told reporters of a possible cloture vote Wednesday or Thursday. ‘We have the 60 votes to proceed.’
“The Michigan Democrat allowed that it could be a two, perhaps three-week slog before Senate passage and remains open to some accommodation with Southern rice and peanuts producers unhappy with how they are treated under her bill. But there was a greater toughness to her tone indicating Stabenow did not want to be held back any longer since final changes can be negotiated in talks with the House later this summer.”