Weekly Food and Agriculture Update – 8.2

August 2, 2023 Contents The TAG newsletter will be on pause during August recess. The newsletter will be back in your inbox on September 5, 2023. What We’re Watching Congress  Appropriations Last week, the House Rules Committee convened on the FY24 Agriculture FDA Appropriations bill to determine which of the more than 180 amendments would be […]

Weekly Food and Agriculture Update – 7.25

July 25, 2023 Contents What We’re Watching Congress  Appropriations  The House Appropriations Committee has passed their Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration FY24 legislation out of committee with major cuts to spending included. The deadline to file amendments on the bill was last week, with over 150 amendments being submitted. Some of the amendments submitted included […]

Weekly Food and Agriculture Update – 7.18

July 18, 2023 Contents What We’re Watching Congress  Farm Bill  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) sent a dear colleague letter for the work period leading up to August recess. In the letter, he asked that Senators “institute common-sense farm policy,” and also raised the farm bill in returning remarks after the Fourth of July recess. The […]

Weekly Food and Agriculture Update – 7.11

July 11, 2023 Contents What We’re Watching Congress  Farm Bill Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) hosted the first of his Regional Agricultural Roundtables on farm bill priorities on Friday July 7 in Jackson, Mississippi. Congressman Thompson is the Chair of the new Agriculture and Nutrition Task Force, a group that was formed by House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries […]

Weekly Food and Agriculture Update – 6.27

June 27, 2023 Contents The House and Senate will be out of session until July 7th. The Torrey Advisory Group newsletter will resume when Congress reconvenes. What We’re Watching Congress  Appropriations  The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously passed their version of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act last week. Overall funding is at […]

Weekly Food and Agriculture Update – 6.20

June 20, 2023 Contents What We’re Watching Congress Appropriations The House Appropriations Committee passed their Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies bill last week with a party-line vote of 34-27. The total overall funding was cut by about $8 billion to a total of $17.8 billion, which reverts back to FY22 levels of spending. Reductions in the spending can […]

Weekly Food and Agriculture Update – 6.13

June 13, 2023 Contents What We’re Watching Congress Farm Bill Late last week, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) called for action on the farm bill. In a speech to the Senate, the Minority Leader said “Congress needs to do its job and get this legislation across the finish line – swiftly… This legislation is the cornerstone […]

Weekly Food and Agriculture Update – 6.6

June 6, 2023 Contents What We’re Watching Congress Debt Ceiling  Last week, the Senate voted, 63-36, to pass the debt ceiling compromise bill, The Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023. President Biden signed the bill into law on June 3, just two days before the U.S. Treasury Department’s June 5 deadline. The law suspends the nation’s debt […]

Weekly Food and Agriculture Update – 5.30

May 30, 2023 Contents What We’re Watching Congress Debt Ceiling  Discussions around the debt ceiling continued over Memorial Day weekend, with President Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reaching a deal, the Fiscal Responsibility Act. The bill will raise the debt ceiling for two years until 2025, with a defense limit of $868.349 billion and a nondefense […]

Weekly Food and Agriculture Update – 5.23

May 23, 2023 Contents What We’re Watching Congress Debt Ceiling  President Biden and Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) had their first one-on-one meeting in several months on Monday to discuss a deal to address the debt ceiling, with only nine days until the estimated June 1 deadline when the U.S. government defaults on its $31 trillion-plus debt.   […]