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Senate invokes cloture on farm bill

The Senate today invoked cloture on the farm bill, setting the bill up for a vote on final passage on Monday. The vote was 75 to 22.

In opening remarks, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., noted that the bill includes 38 amendments that the Senate passed last year and 14 that have been added in debate this year.

Senate Agriculture ranking member Thad Cochran, R-Miss., joined Stabenow in urging the Senate to invoke cloture and pass the bill.

According to the Senate website, cloture is the only way that the Senate can put a time limit on debate on a bill. The cloture motion, which requires 60 votes to pass, limits debate to 30 hours.