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Still No Real Farm Bill Debate

Earlier today it looked like Democratic and Republican leadership were close to an agreement on amendments that would allow debate on the farm bill to go forward. Just now though, Senator Harkin returned to the Senate floor and said that there is still no agreement.

Senator Harkin must have mentioned the possibility of an extension of the current farm bill ten times in as many minutes. Both Senator Harkin and Senator Reid noted on the floor today that if real debate does not begin this week, the farm bill is unlikely to be completed before the Senate adjourns for the year.

Farm Bill Debate This Afternoon

The U.S. Senate is back in session, and after a morning full of, you guessed it, "morning business," they broke for lunch. When they return at 2:15 Eastern, they are scheduled to begin debate on the farm bill, perhaps even debate on specific amendments. Stay tuned...

Update: Did I say they might debate the farm bill this afternoon? Jeez. What was I thinking. We'll have a more detailed update later, but for now suffice it to say, not a whole lot is happening. You're all terribly surprised, I know.

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11:00 PM Eastern

I was out for a few hours at a meeting -- a meeting that had nothing to do with the farm bill. It was quite refreshing, actually.

I walked back into my office where I had left my video stream of the Senate running, and it was still running. Your distinguished Senators are hard at work, late at night debating the Mukasey nomination. It looks like there are a lot of Senators there, so maybe they are actually going to vote yet tonight.

The farm bill? Maybe they'll get to that sometime after midnight. Me? I'll be asleep.