By Erik Wasson - 06/13/12 05:32 PM EDT
He said he is pushing the Pakistan amendment because he thinks it will pass.
“Eighty percent of Americans are against foreign aid,” he said.
If a bipartisan agreement on amendments list cannot be reached, the Senate farm bill may be pulled from the floor. Alternatively, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could gamble and try to hold a cloture vote, daring the GOP to vote down the farm bill on procedural grounds.
The farm bill cuts the deficit by $23.6 billion, and supporters note that it is a rare spending bill that enjoys bipartisan support.