As Congress returned from the Memorial Day recess – the Senate returned to the farm bill debate. Votes were expected on an amendment to require the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation to carry out research and development regarding a crop insurance program for alfalfa and an amendment to increase the amount of international food aid money to be used for local purchases. According to the schedule issued by Senate Democrats – the latter vote may be by voice. It’s been expected that the Senate will try to finish the farm bill this week to clear the way for immigration reform next week. However – leaders had not reached agreement on the number of amendments to be offered on the farm bill and how long the debates would be before the weekend. Without that – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has previously vowed to move on to immigration.
Source: NAFB News service