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November 29, 2007

Year-End Legislating - Farm bill, Energy, Bankruptcy, SCHIP

Farm Bill

Senate Leaders Near Deal to Limit Farm Bill Amendments
Senate leaders are zeroing in on a deal to limit amendments to the 2007 farm bill, meaning the measure could be back on the floor as early as next week, aides said Monday.

Energy

Deal Near on Energy Bill to Boost Fuel Economy, Use of Alternative Fuels
House and Senate negotiators are poised to seal a deal on an energy bill that would strengthen fuel economy standards for the first time in three decades.

Negotiators Close In on Energy Measure
Congressional negotiators are nearing agreement on the components of an energy bill that would boost fuel efficiency standards for vehicles and require vast increases in the use of biofuels, according to congressional aides and lobbyists.

Bankruptcy

Sen. Dodd Drafting Bankruptcy Legislation
Senate Banking Chairman Christopher J. Dodd said Wednesday that he plans to introduce legislation soon that would rewrite portions of the bankruptcy code.

SCHIP

Advocates Pushing for Short-Term Children's Health Extension
States and child advocates are pressing Congress to abandon its troubled efforts to reauthorize children's health insurance and instead focus on a short-term extension of the program, out of concern that money is running short.

Wisconsin Sticking to the Rules to Boost SCHIP Coverage, Weems Says
Acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Kerry Weems announced Tuesday that Wisconsin has received approval to raise household income eligibility in its State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) to 250 percent of the federal poverty line.

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