U.S. lawmakers meeting today to reconcile House and Senate versions of agricultural policy legislation will find the table crowded with members who have deeply held and widely divergent views on food stamps.
Rural groups say they’ll fight a proposed $100 million-a-year cut in crop insurance subsidies, a measure that has won the support of both houses of Congress and could be a test of agriculture’s influence in Washington.
A prolonged U.S. government shutdown may stall delivery of vaccines that poultry, cattle and hog companies need for food safety and animal health, three poultry groups said in a letter to congressional members today.
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission should make the process of adopting Dodd-Frank Act rules more transparent by publicly posting drafts of new regulations for the $601 trillion swaps market for seven days before the agency finalizes them, the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee said.
Measures affecting Dodd-Frank Act requirements and the first bill to increase U.S. port dredging since 2007 won’t move forward in Congress while the government remains shut down, according to two Republican leadership aides.
House Republican leaders abandoned plans for a one-year extension of U.S. agriculture policy, averting a showdown with farm groups led by the American Farm Bureau Federation who want a new five-year law.