Farm groups are eager for a final vote on the legislation, which they have been waiting for for nearly two years.
"Farmers have now been waiting two years to know the details of the federal dairy safety net," 22 dairy organizations said in a letter Wednesday. "They need this information to make business decisions. Along with the rest of American agriculture, milk producers nationwide urge the Senate—in the strongest possible terms—to vote for cloture on the farm bill Thursday."
National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson also issued a plea to end debate.
"It is critical that the bill continues to move through the Senate, and I urge the U.S. House of Representatives to follow suit very soon in order to have a bill signed into law prior to the Sept. 30 expiration of the current bill," he said in a statement late Tuesday.
Sen. Stabenow, too, reminded lawmakers Tuesday that the time is now to pass a bill.
"Farmers and ranchers have to do their job whether they feel like it or not," Stabenow said, stressing the Sept. 30 deadline to get the bill to conference and on the President's desk.
Sen. Reid's cloture motion comes as Senate leadership is looking forward to beginning debate on immigration reform, legislation that may also have a big impact on agriculture.
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