Senators cleared a major hurdle in negotiations on a multibillion-dollar farm bill, agreeing to pare down a list of hundreds of proposed amendments.
Democrats and Republicans have been arguing for weeks, holding up the five-year bill that would extend and expand crop and dairy subsidies, along with popular nutrition programs such as food stamps.
The agreement allows each party to offer 20 amendments.
It could allow the Senate to pass the legislation before the end of the year.
The House passed its version in July