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Senate to take up farm bill Tuesday afternoon

The Senate will take up the farm bill at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday and begin debating and voting on more than 70 amendments in what is known as a “voterama.”

The Senate agreed this evening to a unanimous consent agreement on amendments to be debated in the farm bill. There had been speculation that there would be objection to the unanimous consent agreement that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., proposed, but in the end there was not a single objection to the amendment list that had been developed by Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich, and ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kan.

“Due to the strong leadership of senators Stabenow and Roberts, we have locked in an agreement to vote on 73 amendments and proceed to final passage of the farm bill,” a Senate Democratic aide said.

“Under the agreement, we will begin voting on amendments at 2:15 p.m. Amendments will be considered in an alternating fashion between Democrats and Republicans,” the aide said. “We’ll obviously be voting through Wednesday. Whether we go longer than that depends on how many of the amendments below become voice votes.”

The aide also noted that there would be a break to vote on a resolution proposed by Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

“This bill was developed through bipartisan collaboration, passed committee with broad bipartisan support, and we now have a bipartisan agreement to move forward with a bill that affects 16 million American jobs,” Stabenow said.

“My colleagues on both sides of the aisle understand we must act as soon as possible to give farmers the certainty they need to keep growing the economy,” she said. “This farm bill is unlike any other before it — it cuts spending, ends subsidies, improves accountability and strengthens healthy food systems. We are now closer than ever to achieving real reform in America’s agriculture policy.”

Amendments to be debated:


  • Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii #2440 (highly fractionated tribal lands);
  • Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii #2396 (tribal relations office);
  • Max Baucus, D-Mont., #2429 (livestock);
  • Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., #2364 (multi-state aquifers);
  • Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, #2445 (rural development);
  • Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., #2370 (pulse pilot);
  • Robert Casey, D-Pa., #2238 (technical/study -federal milk marketing)
  • Christopher Coons, D-Del., #2426 (poultry insurance study);
  • Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., #2422 (conservation innovation grants);
  • Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Feinstein #2309 (insurance recall);
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., #2156 (SNAP);
  • Kay Hagan, D-N.C., #2366 (crop insurance plain language);
  • John Kerry, D-Mass., #2187 (commercial fishermen);
  • Mary Landrieu, D-La., #2321 (rural development loans);
  • Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., #2345 (dietary study);
  • Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., #2382 (organic crop insurance);
  • Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., #2427 (acer);
  • Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., #2453 (SNAP);
  • Mark Udall, D-Colo., #2295 (bark beetle);
  • Mark Warner, D-Va., #2457 (rural broadband);
  • Ron Wyden, D-Ore., #2442 (microloans);
  • Ron Wyden, D-Ore., #2388 (farm to school);
  • Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., #2204 (rural development);
  • Ben Nelson, D-Neb., #2242 (rural housing);
  • Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., #2299 (transportation study);
  • Thomas Carper, D-Del., #2287 (poultry feed research);
  • Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., #2254 (biomass);
  • John Thune, R-S.D., #2437 (crop insurance);
  • Richard Durbin, D-Ill.-Tom Coburn, R-Okla., #2439 (crop insurance);
  • Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, #2190 (milk marketing order reform);
  • Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., #2192 (value added grants);
  • Susan Collins, R-Maine, #2444 (dairy);
  • Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, #2167 (pay cap marketing loans);
  • Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., #2174 (SNAP);
  • Ben Nelson, D-Neb., #2243 (SNAP);
  • Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., #2172 (SNAP);
  • Rand Paul, R-Ky., #2181 ($250,000 income limit);
  • Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., #2191 (wind loans);
  • John McCain, R-Ariz., #2199 (catfish);
  • Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., #2217 (organic/AMA);
  • Jim DeMint, R-S.C., #2263 (broadband funding);
  • Jim DeMint, R-S.C., #2262 (SoS Free MKT);
  • Jim DeMint, R-S.C., #2268 (Loan guarantees);
  • Jim DeMint, R-S.C., #2276 (checkoffs);
  • Jim DeMint, R-S.C., #2273 (broadband);
  • Tom Coburn, R-Okla., #2289 (MAP);
  • Tom Coburn, R-Okla., #2293 (Limit millionaires);
  • John Kerry, D-Mass., #2454 (North Korea);
  • Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., #2354 (North Korea);
  • Mike Lee, R-Utah, #2313 (Forest Legacy);
  • Mike Lee, R-Utah, #2314 (CSP/CRP cut);
  • John Boozman, R-Ariz., #2355 (Ag research, law info);
  • John Boozman, R-Ariz., #2360 (TEFAP);
  • Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., #2226 (energy title);
  • Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., Toomey #2433 (sugar);
  • Mike Lee, R-Utah, Motion to recommit (FY 2008 levels);
  • Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Motion to recommit;
  • Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., #2438 (conservation crop insurance);
  • Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., #2340 (sugar);
  • Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., #2432 (FMPP);
  • Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., #2195 (GAO crop insurance fraud report);
  • Roy Blunt, R-Mo., #2246 (veterans);
  • Jerry Moran, R-Kan., #2403 (food aid);
  • Jerry Moran, R-Kan., #2443 (beginning farmers)
  • David Vitter, R-La., #2363 (pets);
  • Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., #2247 (paper work);
  • Bernard Sanders, I-Vt., #2310 (genetically engineered food);
  • Tom Coburn, R-Okla., #2214 (convention funding);
  • Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., #2456 (aerial inspections);
  • Mike Johanns, R-Neb., #2372 (aerial inspections);
  • Patty Murray, D-Wash., # 2455 (sequestration);
  • John McCain, R-Ariz., #2162 (Sequestration report DoD); and
  • Marco Rubio, R-Fla., #2166 (RAISE Act).