Final Senate Passage of the 2013 Farm Bill Expected in 4:30 PM Monday VoteMon, 10 Jun 2013 06:51:22 CDT
The Senate is expected to vote and approve its five-year farm bill- Senate Bill 954- at approximately 4:30 PM central time Monday afternoon after dispensing with a non-controversial amendment.
The legislation is likely to be approved with a solid bipartisan vote. On Friday, the cloture vote to end the debate on the Farm Bill and proceed towards a final vote on the Senate floor was easily approved, 75 to 22.
Before final passage, the Senate will vote on the amendment, offered by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., which would create a pilot program within the existing Rural Utilities Service (RUS) broadband program to test investments in ultra-high speed gigabit projects in rural areas. The pilot program would allow RUS to invest in up to five gigabit projects in rural areas.
All of the other amendments that had been proposed by several Senators, including Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, will be left at the altar.
One farm organization that is delighted that the Senate is nearing a vote is the American Farm Bureau. Mary Kay Thatcher says that by Monday evening, we should have the Senate Farm Bill complete, with attention to turn to the floor of the House later in June. We have a special audio overview of what Mary Kay Thatcher expects from the Senate and what may lie ahead on the floor of the House.
Click on the LISTEN BAR below for the special audio report with Mary Kay Thatcher.
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