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December 17, 2007

Congress This Week - Omnibus, Conference Reports, FISA

Year-End Spending Package Falls in Line With President's Request
The House as early as Monday night is expected to vote on a year-end appropriations package that largely adheres to President Bush’s spending limit — a move the new majority reluctantly made to end this year’s budget impasse with the White House.

Conferees Want Hard Look at Contractors
The 104-page House-Senate conference report on the fiscal 2008 intelligence authorization bill is heavily focused on the use of private contractors by intelligence agencies.

Farm Bill Conferees Face Potentially Tough Bargaining on Taxes, Subsidies
A House-Senate conference on the farm bill could start as early as this week, and although each chamber passed the legislation with bipartisan support, the negotiations promise to be tough.

Senate Set for Tough FISA Debate
The Senate is set to begin debate Monday on a bill that would overhaul the rules for electronic surveillance, but the measure faces major hurdles.

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