Congress has returned to work and is expected to address in the coming weeks a couple of legislative issues left over from last year. Notably, signs from the House and Senate suggest that Congress is nearing agreement on a final fiscal year (FY) 2014 appropriations bill that would fund the federal government through the balance of the current fiscal year, which runs through September. Details of the legislation are expected to begin leaking today, but most anticipate the bill will pass this week. Congress is also expected to address the Farm Bill. Beyond these two measures, it remains to be seen whether the divided Congress will be able to successfully address any other large legislative matters before the mid-term elections this November.


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