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Reid urges faster action on farm bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has urged the Senate to speed up action on the farm bill today.

In a floor speech, Reid said the Senate still had 34 amendments to consider plus final passage, which he estimated would take a total of 11 hours. Reid said he would not say that the Senate would be session until 2 a.m., but that the Senate would be in session for a while longer, even though some senators have said they would like to leave early today.

Reid said earlier today he hoped to finish the farm bill today, and this afternoon repeated that the Senate needs to finish the farm bill because the Senate must consider a flood insurance bill this week.

Describing Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and ranking member Pat Roberts, R-Kan., as two of the finest senators, Reid urged the senators to agree to voice votes on many of the amendments.