The Senate Agriculture Committee met to mark up the 2018 farm bill, passing it in a 20-1 vote, reports KCRG.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley was the only dissenter. The bill now goes to the full Senate.
The committee focused on a bipartisan approach to the bill, to try and fulfill promises that it will be passed this year.
"We'll turn to the farm bill before the Fourth of July, and I'm hopeful the house will get to theirs," says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) President Jimmie Musick commended the Senate Agriculture Committee for working together to move the Farm Bill forward and out of Committee.
"It’s vital for the bill to be reauthorized before the September 30th deadline, so that farmers can have access to these beneficial programs," he says.
American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall also welcomed the news.
"Low commodity prices, rising interest rates and an uncertain future for exports hang heavy over America’s farm and ranch land," he says. "But today’s vote means light on the horizon. We know that Congress is determined to see us continue to provide food security, fuel and fiber for all Americans."