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A busy week ahead on Capitol Hill and at Supreme Court

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Washington faces numerous deadlines this week

This week could be the busiest of the year in our nation's capital. There are imminent deadlines for a wide range of issues.

We'll start in the Senate, where Majority Leader Harry Reid promised a vote on an immigration bill before the end of the week.  A compromise on border security between Republicans and the Senate "Gang of Eight" means there are likely enough votes to pass a comprehensive  measure before Congress leaves town for the 4th of July holiday.

Student loans are set to double after June 30th and there is also talk of a bipartisan Senate deal to link new federal student loans to Treasury bonds with borrowers guaranteed a fixed rate for the life of the loan.

There's also a fight coming to a head between Senator Barbara Boxer and the head of the Nuclear Regulatory Agency. Allison MacFarlane has a June 30th deadline — the day her term expires — to turn over thousands of pages of documents related to San Onofre before Boxer, who heads the Environment and Public Works Committee, schedules a vote on her reconfirmation. Boxer says she's been getting more papers every day, "but I haven't gotten them all. And the minute I get them all, we will move forward with it."

Across the street, the U.S. Supreme Court typically closes up shop for the summer on June 30th. That means the High Court has 11 decisions to unveil this week — including cases on affirmative action, California's Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. 
 

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