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Chris Clayton DTN Ag Policy Editor
Wed Mar 20, 2013 07:03 AM CDT

With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., pushing for a final vote on the Senate's Continuing Resolution, or CR, for the fiscal-year 2013 budget, some ag-related amendments won't get a debate.

One of the big ones left hanging is the amendment being offered by Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Mark Pryor, D-Ark., that would have avoided furloughs for "essential" federal employees. As I talked with Blunt about this last week, the amendment would apply to all agencies and employees ranging from air-traffic controllers to USDA meat inspectors. It would have essentially given departments such as USDA flexibility to shift money ...

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