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May 24
​Senate Continues Debate on Farm Bill Reauthorization

This week, S. 954: the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013, was on the Senate floor. Hopes of quick passage for the bill have faded as 196 amendments had already been filed by May 22, with the Senate only having worked through a handful. Passage by the full Senate remains likely, but the number of amendments that will receive a vote and the time required to work through these amendments is yet to be determined. The Administration put out a Statement of Administration Policy on May 20 expressing support for S.954.

NACo supports S.954 because it restores funding for NACo’s key priorities. The Senate bill includes $115 million in mandatory funding for the Rural Development Title. This includes $50 million for the Water and Wastewater Backlog, $50 million for the Value Added Producer Grant Program and $15 million for the Rural Microenterprise Assistance program. The bill also includes $800 million in mandatory funding for the Energy Title and $85 million for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. 

A detailed summary of the Senate bill is available here. The current list of proposed amendments is available here.

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