Senate Approves Farm Bill
On Monday, June 10th, the U.S. Senate approved the farm bill (S. 954) with a vote of 66-27. Arkansas Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman both voted in favor of the measure. After passage of the farm bill, the Senate immediately pivoted to begin consideration of a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill (S. 744). Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stated Monday that he hoped the Senate could vote for passage of an immigration bill by the 4th of July Congressional Recess, which will begin the weekend of June 28th.
The House of Representatives is likely to bring the farm bill (H.R. 1947) to the House floor next week (June 17). There the bill will likely be open to several dozen amendments. In addition, the House is likely to consider immigration reform legislation sometime in July.
Members of the Agricultural Council are always encouraged to reach out to members of the Arkansas Congressional Delegation to discuss legislation important to agriculture in Arkansas.