U.S. Senator Dick Durbin is hoping next year will bring more cooperation in Congress. Durbin is encouraged by the agreement reached on the budget, but can’t say whether that will translate into legislators passing the farm bill and comprehensive immigration reform in 2014. “What’s the old saying, one rose does not make a spring?” Durbin said.
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“I’m more hopeful. It’s at least a positive step forward that we have a bipartisan agreement between the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans.” The farm bill will likely be the first priority when Congress re-convenes, after the Senate left Washington without considering an extension of the current bill. The Senate returns on January 6, and the House will be in session the next day.