There is a slim chance that all three could be done.
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The House could act on a flurry of bipartisan deals when it returns in December for the final two legislative weeks of 2013. Or, it could head home for the holidays emptyhanded.
Negotiators are trying to finish House-Senate conference reports on the budget, a farm bill and a water projects bill before the end of the year. Aides say there is a slim chance that all three could be done in time for the House to vote in 2013, but a likelier scenario is one or two of them will be punted into next year.
House Republicans will also take up a number of other bills to send to the Senate, including the Kids First Research Act, long-delayed legislation championed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) that would redirect $126 million from funding for presidential nominating convention to the National Institutes of Health.