After agreeing on a farm bill, the U.S. Senate moved right on tackling the massive issue of immigration reform. The progressed quickly on this important agricultural issue, which is a good sign for progress.
“We commend the Senate for deciding today to limit debate on its immigration reform measure, which demonstrates that they want to move forward and get a bill passed by July 4th. America’s farmers need action on the immigration issue. Thanks to the vote on cloture Tuesday, the chances are much better now that it will get resolved,” said Jerry Kozak, President and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation.
Previous attempts at creating a comprehensive solution have failed, but the Senate vote sends a strong signals that a critical mass of the Senate also believes that immigration reform is key national priority. The Senate bill contains an entirely new visa program for farm workers that has has the support of agricultural organizations.