Hopes were raised - then quickly dashed - for some House action this week - at least related to the farm bill. Now it appears Congress will leave for elections without even extending existing farm law. Republicans were toying with a face-saving three-month extension of the 2008 Farm Bill - set to expire September 30th - but even that is not before the Rules Committee - which must clear major bills with a rule for debate - and a spokesman did not expect a change - short of an unlikely last-minute emergency meeting.
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