WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate cleared a procedural hurdle yesterday and voted to proceed to consideration of the 2014 Farm Bill, paving the way for a final vote on the measure tomorrow.
Cloture was invoked with bipartisan support of 72-22.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the committee’s ranking member, co-authored the bipartisan reform bill.
“The Senate has an opportunity to end the uncertainty that has dogged farmers and consumers for years,” Cochran said. “I am grateful that the 2014 Farm Bill, with its many reforms and deficit reduction measures, is receiving bipartisan support from all regions of the country. This legislation was purposely written to ensure that agriculture policies work to strengthen the diversity of the American agriculture sector, to foster conservation and combat nutrition program abuses.”