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Senate Farm Bill Debate Scheduled to Begin Today
WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) set mid-afternoon today as the hour to open the expected weeklong debate on S. 954, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013. The Majority Leader was expected to allot about two hours of debate this afternoon on the bill.
Numerous amendments are expected to be introduced beginning today and during debate this week. Though no votes on amendments have been scheduled yet, they are expected this week. A vote on final passage of the bill might not be cast until early June following the Memorial Day recess. Bill provisions affecting commodities, crop insurance, food stamps, and export-market development likely would dominate much of the farm-bill debate.
USA Rice Federation continues its ongoing work to assist Senate offices with information about rice-industry priorities, urge support for fair and workable commodity and crop-insurance programs, and oppose any amendments to weaken the commodity, crop insurance, conservation, trade, and food aid provisions in the committee-passed bill.