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Congress facing numerous deadlines

WASHINGTON -- As the year comes to an end, Congress finds itself facing a number of important deadlines.

One of the biggest of these is the farm bill. Disagreements over food stamps and how to restructure farm subsidies have put negotiators at odds. If a deal is not reached before the deadline, consumers could see dramatic increases in the price of milk.

The National Defense Authorization Act, which sets defense spending and a budget deal to avoid another government shutdown are two of the other deadlines looming on the horizon.

The Senate is set to leave Washington on December 20. The House could leave as early as Friday.