The U.S. Senate has again appointed conferees in preparation for farm bill talks with leaders in the U.S. House, according to the office of Sen. Debbie Stabenow, chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
This afternoon, Majority Leader Harry Reid sought unanimous consent to request such a conference.
The move comes amid a shutdown of the federal government and persistent back-and-forth over the future of legislation tied to agriculture and nutrition.
"The government shutdown and the expiration of the farm bill has created a double whammy of uncertainty for the economy and for the 16 million Americans who work in this country because of agriculture," Stabenow says. "The Senate has twice passed a comprehensive, bipartisan farm bill that will create jobs, reform agriculture policy and reduce the deficit by tens of billions of dollars. It’s time to finally get this done."
There will be a Senate conferee ratio of seven Democrats to five Republicans, reflecting the chamber’s Democratic majority. In addition to Stabenow, the Senate conferees for the majority are:
- Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
- Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)
- Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT)
- Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
- Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO)