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Stabenow: Farm bill cloture vote Thursday, final vote likely on Monday

The Senate is likely to vote on final passage of the farm bill either next Monday or on Thursday, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told reporters as she emerged from the Democratic Caucus lunch.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will file cloture on the farm bill today, setting in motion a cloture vote on Thursday and a vote on final passage on the bill on Monday, Stabenow said.

Reid has decided to invoke cloture because no agreement has been reached on a package of amendments and time agreements, Stabenow added. If an agreement on amendments is reached before Thursday, it is possible the vote on final passage will be held Thursday, she added.

Stabenow also said that her staff contacted other senators about voting on four amendments today, but that senators had objected to holding votes at this time. Stabenow declined to state the content of the amendments, but she said they were amendments that would be likely to pass.

Cloture requires 60 votes.

The Senate is scheduled to continue debating the farm bill this afternoon.