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Immigration, nominations top agenda for Congress

Parties will test cooperation as disputes loom

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats will put good will to the test when Congress returns this week to potentially incendiary fights over nominations, unresolved disputes over student loans and the farm bill, and uncertainty of whether lawmakers have the political will to rewrite immigration laws.

The cooperation evident in the Senate last month with passage of a bipartisan immigration bill could be wiped out immediately if majority leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, frustrated with GOP delaying tactics on judges and nominations, tries to change the Senate rules by scrapping the current three-fifths majority for a simple majority.

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