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Congress: Farm bill passes the Senate

The New York Daily News: “The Senate on Tuesday starts a three-week floor fight on a sweeping immigration bill that is President Obama's top legislative priority.”

Roll Call has a list of senators to watch on immigration.

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan pens an op-ed in USA Today in support of immigration reform: “Catholic bishops: Fix unjust immigration system.”

The farm bill passed the Senate 66-27. Now, it’s on to the House. The New York Times: “The Senate approved a sweeping new farm bill on Monday that will cost nearly $955 billion over the next 10 years, the first step in a renewed attempt at passing legislation that will set the country’s food and agriculture programs and policy. The bill, which finances programs as diverse as crop insurance for farmers, food assistance for low-income families and foreign food aid, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, 66 to 27. The Senate passed a similar bill last year, but the House failed to bring its bill to a vote. The last farm bill that was passed by both chambers, in 2008, was extended until Sept. 30.”

NPR: “The centerpiece of that policy is an expanded crop insurance program, designed to protect farmers from losses, that some say amounts to a highly subsidized gift to agribusiness. That debate is set to continue as the House plans to take up its version of the bill this month.”

David Rogers: “A landmark five-year Farm Bill cleared the Senate on Monday evening, setting the stage for a long-delayed fight on the House floor next week over major revisions in agriculture policy and the future of food stamps. … Republicans are genuinely divided over the role of government in farm policy, with the speaker — a veteran of the House Agriculture Committee — engaged in his own personal war against a new milk- supply management proposal in both the House and Senate bills.”

Roll Call: “The House will vote next week on a bill banning abortions across the country after 20 weeks of pregnancy.”