Thursday: Student loans, more farm bill

Republicans see the bill as a way to end the annual debate over what to do with federal student loans. Without congressional action, the rates on these loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

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But Democrats say the bill would allow rates to eventually rise above 6.8 percent, and are widely expected to oppose the GOP proposal. And while the bill will pass in the House, Democratic opposition will prevent it from moving in the Senate — the White House has also threatened a veto.

Members will first vote on the rule for the bill, which makes no amendments in order. Then, they will debate the measure and pass it by the early afternoon — that will be the last vote of the week for the House.

The Senate is in at 9:30 a.m., and will start the day with two morning votes on a judicial nominee, and an amendment to the farm bill, S. 954.

The judicial nomination is Srikanth Srinivasan, who has been nominated to be a circuit court judge for Washington, D.C.

The amendment is one from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) clarifying that states have the right to label genetically engineered food. This amendment will need 60 votes to pass.

These votes will happen at 10:30 a.m., and other amendments to the farm bill could also take place during the day.