The Senate passed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 on Thursday.
The vote was 64-35.
Forty-six Democrats and 16 Republicans voted for the bill. Both Independents who caucus with the Democrats, Sens. Joe Lieberman (Conn.) and Bernie Sanders (Vt.), voted for it.
Thirty Republicans voted against the measure. Democratic Sens. Mary Landrieu (La.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), Jack Reed (R.I.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) voted against it.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), one of the co-sponsors of the bill along with Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), praised the amended version just ahead of the vote. He also highlighted the legislation’s $23 billion in deficit reduction.
“This is a good bill. Is it the best possible bill? No. It is the best bill possible,” Roberts said. “And we should move, and we should vote for it, and I urge you to vote for it.”