December 7, 2007
December 7, 2007 - Senators cleared a major hurdle on Thursday in negotiations on the 2008 Farm Bill, agreeing to pare down a list of hundreds of proposed amendments.
The agreement, which allows each party to offer 20 amendments, could allow the Senate to pass the legislation before the end of the year. The amendments must come from the list of amendments that was agreed upon by consent before the Thanksgiving recess.
Senate leaders do not expect any votes on the Farm Bill or any amendments to it today, and, as agreed to, there will be on votes in the Senate on Monday.
There are roughly two weeks left in this year's session. If the Senate passes its bill this month, House and Senate negotiators could draft a final version early next year to send to the President. Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33