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Final Senate farm bill votes Thursday

The Senate will convene Thursday morning for final votes on amendments to the 2012 farm bill and a vote on final passage, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told senators this evening.

Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., said that debate and votes on the remaining farm bill amendments would begin at 11 a.m., and Reid said that votes would be completed by 3 p.m.

The remaining amendments appeared to be those that by prior agreement of the leadership would require 60 votes for passage, and most of them are not germane to the farm bill.

The Senate has been operating under a policy of only one minute of debate on each side on each amendment, followed by a 10-minute period for a roll call vote if one is demanded.