Earlier this afternoon, the Senate by a bipartisan vote of 68 to 32 approved the conference report on the new five-year Farm Bill (H.R. 2642), the Agricultural Act of 2014. Action by the Senate followed last week’s House approval of the legislation. On today’s roll call vote, 44 Democrats, 22 Republicans, and 2 Independents supported passage, while 9 Democrats and 23 Republicans opposed the conference report.
As cleared by Congress, H.R. 2642 includes full authorized annual funding (through September 30, 2018) of $200 million for MAP and $34.5 million for FMD. The legislation also maintains Farm Bill permanent law (the 1938 and 1949 Acts). H.R. 2642 now goes to President Obama for his signature, which is expected in the next few days.