Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid late Tuesday called for a cloture vote on the Senate Farm Bill, effectively introducing means to an end for nearly two weeks of amendment voting.
As a result of the cloture vote, the filing deadline for first degree amendments to the Farm Bill is 12 p.m. Wednesday, while the filing deadline for second-degree amendments is 8:45 a.m. on Thursday.
A roll call vote regarding the cloture motion is expected Thursday. If the vote meets the 60-vote threshold, a final vote on the full bill could be taken Monday.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., ag committee chairwoman, has reportedly been trying to reach a deal with lawmakers to limit the number of additional amendments on the Farm Bill, though no deal has yet surfaced.
Stabenow said Tuesday morning that the bill already covers more than 70 amendments that were added during last year's floor sessions, though some lawmakers are set on more cuts to crop insurance.
Political news outlets report that the amendments being discussed involve deeper cuts to premium subsidies and attempts to renegotiate reinsurance agreements with crop insurance companies, though none have been officially introduced.
Last week, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was successful in passing his amendment to limit crop insurance premium subsidies for farmers with an adjusted gross income of more than $750,000.