Senate farm bill update

Published online: Jun 04, 2013

The Senate on Monday voted to make modest changes to the way international food aid is delivered. 

By voice vote, Senators adopted an amendment to the farm bill that would slightly boost dollars to buy locally-grown food close to needy areas abroad. Currently, most food aid is grown in the U.S. and shipped to developing countries, an approach the Obama administration has argued is inefficient.

Work on the farm bill continues today in the Senate, but plans for a final vote on the bill to take place this week may change.

Many Senators plan to attend the funeral of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg on Wednesday, a delay which could push the farm bill vote into early next week.