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This week in Congress: Farm bill, Holder vote


Attorney General Eric Holder will potentially face contempt of Congress charges Wednesday as the House panel investigating the Fast and Furious scandal casts the first votes to begin the process.

Republican leaders have yet to schedule a floor vote by the full House, but have threatened to do so if Holder does not comply with a subpoena to produce documents. The contempt citation is for obstructing the ongoing investigation.

???Assuming Attorney General Holder continues to stonewall, we will have no choice but to hold him in contempt for his failure to provide the documents necessary to prevent a tragedy like this from happening again,??? said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

Meanwhile, the full House will vote on the Conservation and Economic Growth Act, a package of 14 bills that passed through the Natural Resources Committee that supporters say will also create new jobs, strengthen the economy and protect the environment.

The bill includes a measure to restore pedestrian and vehicle access to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina, miles of which were closed by the federal government this spring to protect a nesting bird at the cost of jobs at the summer destination.

Language included by a Democrat would also allow firearms and archery equipment for target practice on federal lands, previously closed off by federal land managers.

The Senate will continue working on the Farm Bill, and once that is complete will turn their attention to the Flood Insurance Bill. A Senate vote is also expected 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.

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