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The $969 billion farm bill includes the contentious food stamp program, which now helps feed 46 million Americans.


This week in the Senate: Farm bill, EPA rule will dominate

The $969 billion farm bill includes the contentious food stamp program, which now helps feed 46 million Americans.

The Senate this week is expected to take up the 10-year, $969 billion farm bill ‚??work that is expected to keep those lawmakers busy all month debating $23.6 billion in cuts.

The legislation includes the contentious food stamp program, which now helps feed 46 million Americans and which lawmakers hope to fund at a cost of $750 billion, a $4.5 billion cut.

The Senate has several items on its to-do list before the Fourth of July recess, including flood insurance, student loans and completion of the highway bill, which also contains language approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

The Senate will vote on a measure by Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) that would overturn the EPA‚??s Utility MACT rule that critics say will shutter coal plants across the country.

‚??Right now 50 percent of our electricity comes from coal, so you can imagine what will happen to your energy costs as well as millions of lost jobs,‚?Ě Inhofe said during a floor speech last week.

‚??Utility MACT is the centerpiece of President Obama‚??s effort to kill coal. Utility MACT is specifically designed to close down existing plants, while the Obama-EPA‚??s greenhouse gas regulations are specifically designed to prevent any new coal plants from being built,‚?Ě Inhofe said.

‚??The goal behind these policies is not surprising. But what is surprising is that while President Obama goes around pretending to be for an ‚??all-of-the-above‚?? approach on energy, members of his green team administration just can‚??t help but tell us the truth about what‚??s really going on at EPA,‚?Ě Inhofe said.

Committees will look at how China competes with the U.S. on clean energy and hold an oversight hearing of the Justice Department.

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Audrey Hudson is an award-winning investigative journalist whose enterprise reporting has sparked numerous congressional investigations that led to laws signed by Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. She won the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi award for Public Service in 2009 for her report on dangerous drug experiments by the federal government on war veterans, which prompted internal investigations and needed reforms within the Veterans Affairs Department. The report also captured first place for investigative reporting by the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was a finalist of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences Webby Awards for news and politics. Her breaking stories have been picked up and followed by major news publications and periodicals, including Readers Digest, Washington Monthly, and The Weekly Standard, as well as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Washington Post. With nearly 20 years of experience in Washington as a newspaper reporter and as a Capitol Hill staffer for Western lawmakers, she will now lead Human Events‚?? coverage of energy and environmental issues. A native of Kentucky, Mrs. Hudson has worked inside the Beltway for nearly two decades -- on Capitol Hill as a Senate and House spokeswoman, and most recently at The Washington Times covering Congress, Homeland Security, and the Supreme Court. Audrey‚??s email is AHudson@EaglePub.Co