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Wednesday's votes indicates a strong possibility that the bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (S.3240), will pass the Senate Thursday. An agreement over which amendments and how many to consider to the bill was a major hurdle for the farm bill.

The Senate will proceed to vote on the last ten amendments on Thursday and then vote on the amended farm bill, which will have a 60-vote threshold for passage.

Wednesday afternoon Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies Republicans are headed for a disappointing end to their year in power Obama's HHS secretary could testify in Menendez trial MORE (D-Nev.) sounded optimistic that the chamber would pass the farm bill in the next day or so and then proceed to a flood insurance bill.

Just before the Senate adjourned it voted on three amendments by Sen. Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissLobbying World Former GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ga.). Two —one on the United States Department of Agriculture moving the date for setting a national sugar import quota and one on wetland conservation requirements— passed while another on repealing funding to a farmers market program failed.

The Senate also approved an amendment by Sens. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinGun proposal picks up GOP support Durbin: I had 'nothing to do' with Curbelo snub Republicans jockey for position on immigration MORE (D-Ill.) and Tom CoburnTom Coburn-trillion debt puts US fiscal house on very shaky ground Al Franken: 'I make fun of the people who deserved it' The more complex the tax code, the more the wealthy benefit MORE (R-Okla.) over a similar amendment by Sen. John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGun proposal picks up GOP support Overnight Regulation: Senate panel approves driverless car bill | House bill to change joint-employer rule advances | Treasury to withdraw proposed estate tax rule | Feds delaying Obama methane leak rule Dems see Trump as potential ally on gun reform MORE (R-S.D.). Both amendments were on limiting premium subsidies by the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation but Thune's amendment prohibited studies of the effect of limiting those subsidies if they created administrative costs. Durbin and Coburn's amendment did not include that prohibition.

The Senate resumes consideration of the remaining amendments when it resumes at 10:30 on Thursday.