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The gang of eight in the U.S. Senate took a major step forward, despite scenarios that doomed prospects of a bipartisan push to overhaul immigration laws this year. On Monday, June 24, the immigration reform bill added amendments around border security and enforcement measures, securing enough votes to prevent any filibuster. Then before the end of that week the full bill was taken up on the Senate floor, with 100 Senators seated in their chairs --- a move reserved for historic votes.

Last year at this time, Congress was preparing to write a new Farm Bill. You may have heard that Congress is still preparing to do so! When the House of Representatives failed to move the Farm Bill along by the end of last year, House and Senate leaders chose to extend the Farm Bill until this September.