President Barack Obama is expected to sign the 2014 Farm Bill on Friday in East Lansing, Michigan.
Here are some key dates that preceded Friday’s event:
April 26, 2012– The Senate Agriculture Committee passes a Farm Bill.
June 21, 2012– The Senate passes a Farm Bill.
July 12, 2012– The House Agriculture Committee passes a Farm Bill.
December 31, 2012– The Farm Bill is Extended for One Year.
May 14, 2013– The Senate Agriculture Committee passes a Farm Bill.
May 15, 2013– The House Agriculture Committee passes a Farm Bill.
June 10, 2013– The Senate passes a Farm Bill.
June 20, 2013– The Farm Bill fails on the House floor.
July 11, 2013– The House passes a “Farm Only” Farm Bill.
September 19, 2013– The House passes a nutrition bill.
January 29, 2014– The House passes a Farm Bill conference report.
February 3, 2014– The Senate passes a cloture motion on the Farm Bill conference report.
February 4, 2014– The Senate passes the Farm Bill conference report.
The Congressional Record for Tuesday, February 4, 2014 contained the transcript of the debate on the Farm Bill Conference Report that took place in the Senate.
The portion of the Congressional Record that focused on Farm Bill issues is available here.
David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “The long-tortured farm bill cleared Congress on Tuesday, ending a two year struggle that split the old farm-food coalition as never before and dramatized the growing isolation of agriculture and rural America in an ever more urban House.
“Written off as dead just months ago, the giant five-year measure won final approval from the Senate on a 68-32 roll call and goes next to President Barack Obama for his signature.
“Throughout the whole drama, Obama has remained remarkably detached, an almost bit player. But Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and his deputy Krysta Harden will move to center stage now as they try to put the pieces in place before spring plantings, just weeks away in some regions of the South.”