Senate blocks farm bill vote

11/20/2007 02:00:00 AM

Progress on a new farm bill stalled earlier this week after the Senate failed to get the 60  votes needed  to close debate and move the bill forward.

Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, has offered a substitute amendment to the 2007 farm bill that strikes House-passed language and inserts language reported by the Senate Agriculture Committee.

The 55-42 vote for cloture fell short of the needed 60 votes. Debate will continue after the Thanksgiving recess, reducing the chance that a new farm bill will be passed before next year's elections.

On the House side, ranking committee member Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Rep. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., introduced a bill on Nov. 15 to extend the current farm bill for one year.

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