OVERNIGHT MONEY: Farm bill stalls out in Senate

The House could begin marking up a farm bill this month if the Senate acts and gives the process momentum. If the Senate fails to pass a bill, the House could be hard-pressed to move a bill before the current farm bill expires at the end of September and farm subsidies revert to 1940s levels. 

"It's really disappointing we don't already have something, but hope is still here, and I hope we can get that done," Reid said. 


"A few senators are holding this up, and that's too bad."

There were signs that lawmakers were trying to find an avenue to plow ahead.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) on Thursday filed a compromise farm bill amendment aimed at getting support from Southern farm-state senators.

The amendment would continue the counter-cyclical target price subsidy that the underlying bill eliminates. That program pays farmers if a commodity market price falls below an amount specified in the law.

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The Conrad amendment, which the North Dakota Democrat has been working on with Chambliss, would raise target prices on all commodities by 5 to 7 percent.  

Meanwhile, some Senate Republicans are disputing whether the farm bill actually saves money or, instead, would cost about $400 billion.

They say the bill includes several wasteful programs that should be scrapped given the fiscal condition of the federal government.

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCain#JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday #JohnMcCainDay trends on Trump's 73rd birthday New poll finds little GOP support for spending cuts to specific federal programs MORE (R-Ariz.) said Thursday morning that far from saving money, the bill would cost an estimated $969 billion over 10 years, up from the $600 billion spent in the 2008 farm bill.


Sneak peak at Greek drama: While the Capitol will be pretty quiet on Friday, the weekend promises plenty of drama. Greek voters are set to return to the polls Sunday to pick a new parliament, after a May election failed to produce a coalition government. Frustrated Greeks who are facing high unemployment will be able to choose between the New Democracy party, which is promising to stick with the austerity plan mandated by global leaders as part of Greece's bailout, or the Syriza party, which is vowing to scrap the austerity plan and effectively dare Europe to cut off Greece's lifeline, throwing the eurozone into even further chaos. The latest polling indicates it will be a close race, with the added curveball that Greek law prohibits polling two weeks before an election — as if the matter were missing any more intrigue.

Stock surge: On a related note, stocks surged Thursday night after Reuters reported that central bank leaders were vowing to do what was needed to keep global financial markets humming following no matter what happens in Greece. The Dow closed up more than 150 points, or 1.2 percent, while the Nasdaq jumped 0.6 percent and the S&P 1.1.


Industrial Production-Capacity Utilization: The Federal Reserve will release its May report showing the physical output of the nation's factories, mines and utilities. The monthly report also provides a measure of capacity utilization. 

Michigan Sentiment: Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan will release its initial measure of consumer sentiment for June.


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