The Senate voted 75-22 on Thursday to end debate on a five-year farm bill, clearing way for passage of the legislation next week.
The bill would cut $24 billion from farm spending over 10 years, including a $4 billion reduction to food stamps. Final votes on the bill are likely to occur on Monday before the Senate pivots to immigration reform.
Aides said farm bill amendment votes could still come later Thursday if a final agreement can be struck to vote on a limited number of changes. They were hopeful that having the clock running toward final passage would pressure members to drop many of their amendment requests.
Before the Senate vote on Thursday, Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) touted her bill as supporting 16 million U.S. jobs.