Farm bill proceeds with agreement on amendments

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WASHINGTON — An agreement has been reached on amendments related to the farm bill, and Senate consideration of the bill is set to resume.

The farm bill originally passed the Senate Agriculture committee on Oct. 25 and was then brought to the floor on Nov. 5. But the bill has not progressed since then, as efforts to pull amendments unrelated to agriculture policy into floor debate could have negatively impacted the process, said Senator Tom Harkin, chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

"The farm bill came to the Senate with great momentum — it stayed within pay-as-you-go budgeting, yet provided needed investments to rural America, farming families and the nation," Mr. Harkin said. "It is a bipartisan measure that passed committee by voice vote without a single vote voiced against it. And after a month of this bill languishing due to procedural maneuvering, this bill will finally get back on track and bring critical investments to reality. With swift action in the Senate, this bill can pass our chamber by the holiday recess."

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