Thursday: DHS spending in the House, student loans in the Senate

The Senate starts at 9 a.m., and at 10 a.m. it will hold three cloture votes.

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The first is on the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act, S. 954. A successful cloture vote on the farm bill would let the Senate quickly move to a final vote on the bill as early as Friday afternoon, or (more probably) early next week.

The next votes are on motions to end debate on motions to proceed to two student loan bills. One is a Republican bill, S. 1003, the Comprehensive Student Loan Protection Act.

The other is a Democratic bill, the Student Loan Affordability Act, S. 953.

It wasn't clear as of late Wednesday whether either of these loan proposals could survive a cloture vote, although Democrats clearly prefer the Democratic bill. That bill would extend the 3.4 percent interest rate on federally backed student loans for another two years, paid for by closing tax loopholes on companies.

Immediately after the cloture votes, the Senate is expected to continue working on the farm bill, which could involve more amendment votes.

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