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Budget Conference update

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), who chair the budget super committee set up as a result of the deal to end the government shutdown, are optimistic a deal can be reached on spending levels through 2015. [more]

House Republicans poised to pass CR

If Rep. Paul Ryan and Sen. Patty Murray fail to produce the framework for a budget agreement early next week, Republicans in the House are prepared to pass a short-term Continuing Resolution as a preemptive measure - to avoid another government shut down - before heading home for the holiday break next Friday. [more]

Volcker rule expected next week

The final version of the much-anticipated Volcker rule intended to serve as a central pillar of the Dodd-Frank overhaul is expected to be unveiled next week. [more]

Farm Bill update

There are positive signs coming from lead negotiators on the farm bill conference committee that a deal could be reached early next year. [more]

The Doc Fix

This week, Senate Finance Committee Chair Max Baucus (D-MT) said his committee will consider so-called "doc fix" legislation to repeal the rate formula used for physician reimbursement under Medicare. [more]

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