Unanimous Consent Agreement Reached on Farm Bill

June 18, 2012 12:44 PM

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Some non-germane amendments among list, as well as votes on sugar, crop insurance and food stamps

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A unanimous consent agreement has been reached by Senate leaders and farm bill leaders. 


Senate Ag Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich). released the following statement:


"This bill was developed through bipartisan collaboration, passed committee with broad bipartisan support, and we now have a bipartisan agreement to move forward with a bill that affects 16 million American jobs.  My colleagues on both sides of the aisle understand we must act as soon as possible to give farmers the certainty they need to keep growing the economy.  This Farm Bill is unlike any other before it—it cuts spending, ends subsidies, improves accountability and strengthens healthy food systems.  We are now closer than ever to achieving real reform in America’s agriculture policy."



Details: The Senate has locked an agreement to limit amendments and bring the Farm bill to passage. Under the agreement, the Senate will begin voting on amendments at 2:15pm tomorrow. There will be a break in consideration of the amendments to debate and vote in relation to S.J.Res.37, Boiler MACT/EPA, Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The Senate will consider amendments in an alternating fashion between Democrats and Republicans.



The agreement is as follows:


"Leader: I ask unanimous consent that when the Senate resumes consideration of S.3240, the pending motion to recommit be withdrawn; that amendment #2390 be withdrawn; that the Stabenow-Roberts amendment #2389 be agreed to; the bill, as amended, be considered original text for the purposes of further amendment; that the following amendments and motions be the only first degree amendments and motions in order to the bill:"



- Akaka #2440 (highly fractionated tribal lands);

- Akaka #2396 (tribal relations office);

- Baucus #2429 (Livestock);


- Bingaman #2364 (multi-state aquifers);

- Brown (OH) #2445 (rural development);

- Cantwell #2370 (pulse pilot);


- Casey #2238 (technical/study -federal milk marketing)

- Coons #2426 (poultry insurance study);

- Feinstein #2422 (conservation innovation grants);


- Feinstein #2309 (insurance recall);

- Gillibrand #2156 (SNAP);

- Hagan #2366 (crop insurance - plain language);


- Kerry #2187 (commercial fishermen);

- Landrieu #2321 (rural development loans);

- Manchin #2345 (dietary study);


- Merkley #2382 (organic crop insurance);

- Schumer #2427 (acer);

- Stabenow #2453 (NAP);


- Udall(CO) #2295 (bark beetle);

- Warner #2457 (rural broadband);

- Wyden #2442 (microloans);


- Wyden #2388 (farm to school);

- Leahy #2204 (rural development);

- Nelson(NE) #2242 (rural housing);


- Klobuchar #2299 (transportation study);

- Carper #2287 (poultry feed research);

- Sanders #2254 (biomass);


- Thune #2437 (crop insurance);

- Durbin-Coburn #2439 (crop insurance);

- Snowe #2190 (milk marketing order reform);


- Ayotte #2192 (value added grants);

- Collins #2444 (dairy);

- Grassley #2167 (pay cap marketing loans);


- Sessions #2174 (SNAP);

- Nelson(NE) #2243 (SNAP);

- Sessions #2172 (SNAP);


- Paul #2181 ($250,000 income limit);

- Alexander #2191 (wind loans);

- McCain #2199 (catfish);


- Toomey #2217 (organic/AMA);

- DeMint #2263 (broadband funding);

- DeMint #2262 (SoS Free MKT);


- DeMint #2268 (Loan guarantees);

- DeMint #2276 (checkoffs);

- DeMint #2273 (broadband);


- Coburn #2289 (MAP);

- Coburn #2293 (Limit Millionaires);

- Kerry #2454 (North Korea);


- Kyl #2354 (North Korea);

- Lee #2313 (Forest Legacy);

- Lee #2314 (CSP/CRP cut);


- Boozman #2355 (Ag research, law info);

- Boozman #2360 (TEFAP);

- Toomey #2226 (energy title);


- Toomey #2433 (sugar);

- Lee Motion to Recommit (FY 2008 levels);

- Johnson(WI) Motion to Recommit;


- Chambliss #2438 (conservation crop insurance);

- Chambliss #2340 (sugar);

- Chambliss #2432 (FMPP);


- Ayotte #2195 (GAO crop insurance fraud report);

- Blunt #2246 (veterans);

- Moran #2403 (food aid);


- Moran #2443 (beginning farmers)

- Vitter #2363 (pets);

- Toomey #2247 (paperwork);


- Sanders #2310 (genetically engineered food);

- Coburn #2214 (convention funding);

- Boxer #2456 (aerial inspections);


- Johanns #2372 (aerial inspections);

- Murray # 2455(sequestration);

- McCain #2162 (Sequestration report - DoD); and


- Rubio #2166 (RAISE Act).



"That at 2:15pm, Tuesday, June 19th, the Senate proceed to votes in relation to the amendments in the order listed alternating between Republican and Democratic sponsored amendments; that there be no amendments or motions in order to the amendments prior to the votes other than motions to waive points of order and motions to table; that there be two minutes of debate equally divided in the usual form in between the votes and all after the first vote be ten minute votes; that the Toomey #2247; Sanders #2256; Coburn #2214; Boxer #2456; Johanns #2372; Murray #2455; McCain #2162 and the Rubio amendment #2166 be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold; that the clerks be authorized to modify the instruction lines on amendments so the page and line numbers match up correctly; that upon disposition of the amendments, the bill, as amended, be read a third time; that there be up to ten minutes equally divided in the usual form prior to a vote on passage of the bill, as amended, if amended; finally, the vote on passage of the bill be subject to a 60 affirmative vote threshold."


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