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Week Ahead: FEC Filings, Few Bills

This week will be a relatively quiet one on Capitol Hill (or did Capitol Briefing just jinx it?), as most of the action will be off the House and Senate floors and at the downtown headquarters of the Federal Election Commission.

Negotiators from the two chambers are working to complete a deal on a new, $280 billion-plus Farm Bill, as the current extension of the measure expires Friday. The House and Senate have been trying to resolve the differences between their two versions of the measure, as they have been unable to agree on how to finance spending increases and tax cuts contained in the package. (For a terrific lesson on how the Farm Bill works and who benefits from it, check out the Post's 2006 "Harvesting Cash" series.)

Also behind the scenes, House and Senate leaders and appropriators will wade further into the details of the supplemental spending bill for Iraq and Afghanistan, with hopes of bringing a measure to the House floor by the last week of April. Democratic leaders must decide how much money they want to tack on to President Bush's $108 billion request and whether they want to add domestic spending and/or troop withdrawal language to the measure.

Over at the FEC, House and Senate campaign spending reports for the first quarter of 2008 are due Tuesday, as vulnerable incumbents and other notable candidates will look to impress their allies and frighten their opponents by posting hefty bank balances.

On the floor, the Senate will take up a highway technical corrections bill, and the House will plow through a series of bills on topics that include government contracting, foreign debt and student loans. The week's hearing schedule includes a House Armed Services session Tuesday morning, at which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates will testify on "Building Partnership Capacity and Development of the Interagency Process." Go ahead and program your TiVo now.

By Ben Pershing  |  April 14, 2008; 11:15 AM ET
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That would be the $280 Billion farm bill (OVER HOW MANY YEARS) and could you mention how much we spend on other things just to put it in context, Please?!

Iraq $140 Billion appropriated /year in 'emergency'/supplemental funding.

The Farm Bill may be the biggest waste in domestic appropriations, but please give me some more context.


Posted by: spinme | April 14, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

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