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Senate to Vote on Farm Bill Agreement this Week; Bill Will Likely Pass

What to Watch

• Senate to vote on farm bill passage this week.

• Federal Aviation Administration chief heads to the hill to brief lawmakers on the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012

• Janet Yellen sworn in as chair of the Federal Reserve.
 

This Week in Washington

• After a short week because of the Republican Issue Conference, the House returns Monday morning and begins the week considering a bill ((H.R. 357) that would expand education opportunities for veterans.

• The Senate is set to take up the farm bill compromise (H.R. 2642), which was passed by the House last week. If the Senate passes the bill as is expected, the vote would mark the end of the two-year debate that included numerous attempts to pass this five-year reauthorization of federal agriculture and nutrition program. Congress has failed to reach agreement on a farm bill because of issues around nutrition assistance, dairy policy, and farm subsidies.

• The Senate continues working on the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act (S. 1845), which would extend long-term unemployment benefits for three months.

A complete Senate schedule available here.

A compete House schedule available here.
 

In the News

Roll Call provides details of Speaker John Boehner’s (R-OH) immigration overhaul principles.

• Agriculture journalist, Jerry Hagstrom, discusses why the farm bill is now ready for passage in a National Journal piece.

• Coverage from The Hill of the letter sent to Congress by 17 governors asking lawmakers to stabilize the Highway Trust Fund.
 

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