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March 23, 2017

Sen. Thune Discuesses Farm Bill, Target Prices on Senate Floor

Categories: Farm Bill

On the Senate floor today, Sen. John Thune (R., S.D.) discussed the Farm Bill with a specific focus on Title I and target prices.

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Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Cochran Highlight Farm Bill

Categories: Farm Bill

On the Senate floor this morning, Sen. Ag. Comm. Chair Debbie Stabenow, and Comm. Ranking Member Thad Cochran, urged colleagues to vote “yes” on a Farm Bill cloture motion.

Related article from Politico here.

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Farm Bill; Approps; Ag Econ; Wheat; Sec. Vilsack; Smithfield; Biofuels

Farm Bill- Senate

A recent update at the Senate Democrats Online indicated that today, starting at 10:00 a.m., there will be three roll call votes on the Senate floor.  The first vote will be on a motion to invoke cloture on S.954, the Farm bill.

Over 100 agricultural related groups signed a letter to Senators yesterday, which stated in part that, “The undersigned organizations are writing to strongly urge you to vote for cloture tomorrow on the consideration of S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013.”

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “The Senate’s farm bill cloture vote Thursday morning poses a critical test for the Agriculture Committee leadership, which needs a strong showing to clear the way for passage Monday and begin to heal the breach sparked by revisions in the commodity title.”

The article noted that, “Impatient to move onto immigration reform, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) needs to have the decks cleared by early next week, and any Senate stall on the farm bill will be felt across the Capitol.

“All signs there still indicate that the week of June 17 is being set aside for what promises to be a stormy floor debate. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is becoming more engaged — pursuing his own campaign against a new dairy program. And House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) appeared encouraged after a meeting with his conference Tuesday morning.”

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