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2008 Farm Bill in Congress
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Bills in Congress Farm Bill Updates 2008 Farm Bill Timeline

Countdown to the farm bill

Finally, years of work and preparations that have gone into a better farm and food policy have resulted in a better Farm Bill. Below is the timeline for the House and Senate leading up to a final vote and signing.

If you're new to the inner workings of Capitol Hill, read our overview of the process.

 
House Schedule
Senate Schedule

May

Agriculture Subcommittee mark-ups begin - AFT pushes for conservation funding.

No action
June

Agriculture Subcommittee mark-ups finish.

Read AFT's press release about the need for an improved safety net.

No action
July

July 17th - 19th - Full House Agriculture Committee mark-up.

July 26th - 27th - Full House floor vote. H.R. 2419 passes 231-191.

No action
August
Recess
September  

No action

October  

Senate Finance Committee mark-ups Oct. 5th

Oct 24th - 25th - Senate Agriculture Committee mark-up. AFT's press release on the outcome.

November
Nov 5th - Senate floor vote scheduled; no action due to impasse over amendments.
December
Dec 11th - 13th - Senate floor vote. Passes 79-14.
January
Conference Committee between House and Senate
February
Conference Committee between House and Senate

March

Conference Committee between House and Senate
April
Conference Committee between House and Senate
May Conference Committee concludes. Final conference report from the Senate Agriculture Committee.

May 14th - House final vote.
Passes 318-106.

May 15th - Senate final vote.
Passes 85-15.
May 21st - White House veto.
May 21st - Veto override passes 316-108. Legislative procedural issue arises. May 22nd - Veto override passes 82-13.
May 22nd - Despite missing trade title, the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 enacted into law.
 
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