AG/FDA Blog

John Block: Rural America Speaks Up

By former USDA Secretary John R. Block Now that the election is over, Democrats are trying to figure out what went wrong. Not only will they lose the White House in January, they did not get control of the Senate and gained very little in the House.… Read More
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An Early Look at Some Congressional Changes Impacting Agriculture

With the House and Senate remaining under Republican majorities, it is very unclear what matters may be handled in the lame duck session, and which ones will be pushed into the 115th Congress. Some will want to extend the Continuing Resolution from i… Read More
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Anticipating Committee Changes in the 114th Congress

Every new Congress brings changes in committee membership and sometimes in committee leadership. The 114th Congress will follow this pattern, and will bring very significant changes as a result of the new Republican majority in the Senate. Republican… Read More
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Crop Insurance Appropriations - A Clue for the next SRA?

The great battle for the 2014 Farm Bill is thankfully over, but that hasn’t stopped the U.S. Congress from continuing to tinker with Federal Crop Insurance. Most recently, in late May, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees each voted t… Read More
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Following the Money: House And Senate Appropriations Release Draft Bills & Reports Funding FDA For FY 2015

The House and Senate Appropriations Committees with oversight of FDA have been very busy. Both voted out draft bills for FY 2015 that include appropriations for FDA and released draft reports. Roger Szemraj and the rest of our government relations pr… Read More
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The Budget Agreement and Some Thoughts About Next Steps

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) announced a two-year budget agreement that, in their words, “reduces the deficit—without raising taxes…it cuts spending in a smarter w… Read More
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Ag Portion of FY 2013 CR: Explanatory Statement

Click here for the explanatory statement accompanying the agriculture portion of the Senate’s Continuing Resolution (CR), which was released Monday night and includes the Agriculture appropriations bill. It contains language similar to a Confer… Read More
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Federal Budget Process Outline and Outlook

Congress did not complete three significant budget matters in 2012: an alternative to sequestration, full federal fiscal year appropriations legislation, and a budget resolution. Each of these items is interrelated, and expected to be taken up over t… Read More
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More Budget Cliffs – Get Ready for Weeks of Bungee Jumping

The fiscal cliff is behind us, or over us, depending on your point of view. But with deadlines looming for extension of the debt limit, for avoiding the across-the-board cuts required by sequestration, and the need to extend the Continuing Resolution… Read More
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Talking Agriculture to Democrats

By Marshall L. Matz, as published in Agri-Pulse Look at a map of the 2012 election results by county and you quickly see the urban-rural divide in America. The vast swath of the heartland, much of the West and most of the South are red, while the urb… Read More
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