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  • Agricultural Act of 2014--Conference Report


    A picture of Senator Richard J. Durbin

    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-04

    DURBIN. Mr. President, before I address the farm bill, I would like to make two other points. The first is to commend the Presiding Officer. Yesterday he gave his first speech on the floor of the U.S....



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    Senator Jeff Flake

    From: AZ

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-04

    FLAKE. Mr. President, as the Senate turns its attention this week to the farm bill conference report, my thoughts turn to the Wild West to put its provisions in context. Frankly, its 950 pages lend themselves...



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    Senator Sherrod Brown

    From: OH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-04

    BROWN. I rise today to discuss legislation that benefits all Americans, and particularly my home State of Ohio. I appreciate Senator Flake's comments. I admire his integrity and his focus on waste...



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    Senator James M. Inhofe

    From: OK

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-04

    INHOFE. I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. INHOFE. Mr. President, it is my understanding Senator...



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    Senator Michael F. Bennet

    From: CO

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-04

    BENNET. Mr. President, I thank my friend from Oklahoma for yielding. I wish to speak about the farm bill which, thanks to months and months and actually years of tireless work by Chairwoman Stabenow,...



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    Senator Angus S. King, Jr.

    From: ME

    Party: Independent

    Date: 2014-02-04

    KING. Mr. President, I commend the Senator from Michigan, her committee and staff for their tireless work that has brought this farm bill to fruition. Further, I greatly appreciate the Senator's willingness...



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    Senator Debbie Stabenow

    From: MI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-04

    STABENOW. I want to thank the Senator from Maine. This legislation addresses many aspects of agriculture including dairy. During our deliberations we heard clearly from various dairy stakeholders who...



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    Senator Marco Rubio

    From: FL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-04

    RUBIO. Mr. President, today, I will vote nay on the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the farm bill. Florida's economy and the livelihoods of many family-owned businesses and workers rely on...



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    Senator Bill Nelson

    From: FL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-04

    NELSON. Mr. President, today we will pass the final conference report for the farm bill, called the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013. This important bipartisan bill protects...



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    Senator Jeanne Shaheen

    From: NH

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-04

    SHAHEEN. Mr. President, while this is far from a perfect bill, I am pleased that the Senate will pass the Agriculture Act of 2014. This legislation--a result of more than 2 years of deliberation--reaches...



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    Senator Jack Reed

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-04

    REED. Mr. President, reauthorization of the farm bill presented an opportunity to make much needed changes in our agriculture policy to rein in taxpayer subsidies for big agribusiness, support the growth...



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    Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

    From: MD

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-04

    MIKULSKI. Mr. President, I rise in support of the bipartisan farm bill conference agreement before us today. This 5 year bill provides certainty to both the producer and the consumer. It's a jobs bill...



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    Senator Deb Fischer

    From: NE

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-04

    FISCHER. Mr. President, I too rise to speak on the farm bill. Similar to many Nebraskans, I am relieved that a final conference agreement has been reached and will provide much needed certainty for...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-04

    GRASSLEY. Mr. President, I come to the floor for the third time to express my opposition to the farm bill--obviously not in total, but to certain provisions of it, particularly provisions I had a hand...



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    Senator John Thune

    From: SD

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-04

    THUNE. Mr. President, I come to the floor today to discuss the many ways ObamaCare continues to negatively affect Americans. Yesterday, the Washington Post published an article exposing yet another...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-04

    CORNYN. Mr. President, once again, the President of the United States has failed to meet the statutory deadline to propose a budget. In fact, he has missed the deadline so many times that people hardly...



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    Senator Maria Cantwell

    From: WA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-04

    CANTWELL. Mr. President, I rise today to join my colleagues in asking for the passage of the farm bill that we are going to have a vote on shortly. I thank my colleague from Michigan, the Chair of the...



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    Senator Debbie Stabenow

    From: MI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    STABENOW. Mr. President, first, as we begin the final debate and vote on the farm bill conference report, I thank our majority leader for supporting this effort every step of the way. Every time I have...



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    Senator Mitch McConnell

    From: KY

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-03

    McCONNELL. Mr. President, are we in morning business? The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senate is currently considering the conference report to H.R. 2642. Mr. McCONNELL. I ask unanimous consent to proceed...



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    Senator John Hoeven

    From: ND

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-03

    HOEVEN. Mr. President, it is interesting that I follow our minority leader who spoke about the Keystone XL Pipeline issue, as well as the chairman of the agriculture committee in the Senate, the esteemed...



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    Senator Jon Tester

    From: MT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    TESTER. Mr. President, I rise to speak on the importance of passing this farm bill that is in front of us, but I not only speak as a Senator, I also speak as a farmer, someone who is involved in production...



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    Senator Jeff Sessions

    From: AL

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-03

    SESSIONS. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. Without objection, it is so ordered. Mr. SESSIONS. Mr. President,...



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    Senator Patrick J. Leahy

    From: VT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    LEAHY. We all know the Senate and House agriculture leaders unveiled the long-awaited conference report last week for the 2014 farm bill. It has been a long trip getting this far. Every conference committee,...



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    Senator Chuck Grassley

    From: IA

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-03

    GRASSLEY. Mr. President, I am going to address a small part of this bill but a very important part of the bill, something I have been working on through at least two farm bills. Since the chairwoman...



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    Senator Heidi Heitkamp

    From: ND

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    HEITKAMP. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the order for the quorum call be rescinded. The ACTING PRESIDENT pro tempore. Without objection, it is so ordered. Ms. HEITKAMP. Mr. President,...



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    Senator Amy Klobuchar

    From: MN

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    KLOBUCHAR. Mr. President, I rise today to speak on two matters. [[Page S677]] The first is the farm bill and the second is the U.S. attorney situation in my State of Minnesota. Being a Senator from...



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    Senator John McCain

    From: AZ

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-03

    McCAIN. Mr. President, I would like to make remarks about the farm bill conference agreement that is before us. Of course, across the Nation Americans are demanding that Washington restore their faith...



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    Senator Thad Cochran

    From: MS

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-03

    COCHRAN. Mr. President, I am honored to be invited by the distinguished chairman to proceed in describing our work product, the farm bill conference report. It has been a true pleasure working with her...



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    Senator Richard J. Durbin

    From: IL

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    DURBIN. I announce that the Senator from Alaska (Mr. Begich), the Senator from Louisiana (Ms. Landrieu), the Senator from West Virginia (Mr. Rockefeller), and the Senator from Colorado (Mr. Udall) are...



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    Senator John Cornyn

    From: TX

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-03

    CORNYN. The following Senators are necessarily absent: the Senator from Pennsylvania (Mr. Toomey) and the Senator from Louisiana (Mr. Vitter). The PRESIDING OFFICER (Mr. Donnelly). Are there any other...



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    Senator Cory A. Booker

    From: NJ

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    BOOKER. Mr. President, it is an honor to speak for my first time in the Senate. As I speak today on the urgent need to extend unemployment insurance, I feel a sense of profound gratitude that I first...



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    Senator Jack Reed

    From: RI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    REED. Mr. President, if I could praise my colleague for his eloquence and for his passion and say how right he is. I thank my colleague Senator Menendez for allowing me to speak, but I wanted to commend...



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    Senator Robert Menendez

    From: NJ

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    MENENDEZ. Mr. President, I want to commend my colleague from New Jersey for an eloquent and soaring speech that speaks to the collective aspirations we should have in this body on behalf of the collective...



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    Senator Mike Lee

    From: UT

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-03

    LEE. Mr. President, we are better than this. This farm bill is a monument to every dysfunction Washington indulges in to defend our policies and twist our economy to benefit itself at the expense of...



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    Senator Mazie K. Hirono

    From: HI

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    HIRONO. Mr. President, I wish to congratulate Senator Booker for his maiden speech. It is great to have him with us, and I thank Senator Booker also for calling upon the better angels in all of us to...



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    Senator Pat Roberts

    From: KS

    Party: Republican

    Date: 2014-02-03

    ROBERTS. Mr. President, I rise this evening to discuss the Agricultural Act of 2014--the farm bill conference report. This legislation has been delayed over 2\1/2\ years, weighing the entire time on...



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    Senator Elizabeth Warren

    From: MA

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    WARREN. Mr. President, I wish to commend the junior Senator from New Jersey on his first speech on the Senate floor. He brings a strong voice to the U.S. Senate. Today he raises that voice for our friends...



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    Senator Richard Blumenthal

    From: CT

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-02-03

    BLUMENTHAL. Mr. President, I am reminded even at this late hour, when most of the world has moved on to other pursuits, what a great privilege it is to be with two magnificent voices and advocates for...



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    Senator Harry Reid

    From: NV

    Party: Democrat

    Date: 2014-01-30

    REID. Madam President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the conference report to accompany H.R. 2642. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report. The assistant legislative clerk...