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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio leaving a Dec. 3 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Barring uncharacteristically swift work by Congress, more than a million victims of the recession will lose long-term employment benefits over the holidays, the price of milk could shoot up in late winter and government payments might fall sharply for doctors who treat Medicare patients. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Boehner blasts lack of farm bill progress

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By Charles Abbott

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — House Speaker John Boehner, in his gloomiest assessment yet, lamented the lack of “real progress” toward a compromise $500 billion farm bill and said on Thursday the House would try to head off a potential doubling of milk prices in January.

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