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House Ag panel still tentatively set to markup their version May 15.
The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a session Tuesday, May 14 to markup the 2013 farm bill, according to an announcement from Senate Ag Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.).
There had been talk of a markup session yet this week in the Senate Ag panel but that will now not be the case.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said he wants the full Senate to take up the farm bill yet this month.
As for the House Ag Committee, the panel is still tentatively set to hold its markup session on Wednesday, May 15, but no official announcement has yet come.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) last week released the summer schedule for the House and it included action on a new farm bill. If that holds, expectations are the full House could complete its work on the bill by their July 4 recess, something Republican leaders have signaled is their preference.
Comments: Now the key will be release of the draft legislation the panels will use as the markup starting point for the bill. House Ag panel Chair Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) has said he expects 100 amendments to the bill in the committee, with still more to come on the House floor. That will be the real litmus test for the bill in both the House and Senate and floor action will set the details of the bills.