Weekly Food & Agriculture Update- 2.26
WEEKLY FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE
February 26, 2018
A quick look at what’s happening in Washington, D.C. that’s impacting food and agriculture. If you would like to subscribe to the receive the updates right to your inbox, please contact Marissa Dake.
Big Picture Outlook
- Schedule – The House and Senate return after a recess week. The House has adjusted its schedule, following the death of evangelist Billy Graham, and will meet today and tomorrow only. Graham’s body will lie in honor in the Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday and Thursday.
- Gun Control Debate– The most recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida killed 17 people and has rekindled the debate on gun control. 19 House Republicans wrote Speaker Paul Ryan requesting a “clean stand-alone vote” this week on a measure to strengthen background checks (H.R. 4477).
- Immigration and Budget– Congress is unlikely to reach a consensus on the fate of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients by the March 5th deadline. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn suggested a temporary short-term extension of DACA may be included in the fiscal 2018 spending package. Current stopgap funding for the budget runs through March 23rd.
No nominations or confirmations took place last week as Congress was in recess.
The Week Ahead
- The Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee will hold a hearing to examine the nomination of John F. Ring to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.
- The House Committee on Small Business will meet today on “Workforce Development: Closing the Skills Gap” in which they will examine ways federal programs help or hinder workforce development initiatives aimed at supporting small businesses.
- On Tuesday, the House Committee on Agriculture will consider the Budget Views and Estimates Letter. This annual exercise allows the committee to explain their priorities for the year to the House Budget Committee.
A Quick Look Back
- USDA Opens New Office in Vietnam to Help Facilitate Increasing Agricultural Trade
- California agriculture sees ‘chilling, damaging effect’ from wave of immigration audits
- Monsanto CTO: ‘A critical time for agriculture‘
Pertinent Timing Ticker
- 25 days (20 legislative days) until government funding expires on March 23, 2018.
- 216 total days until the farm bill expires (Sep. 30, 2018).