Weekly Food & Agriculture Update- 1.8

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018   /  Tags: agriculture, Capitol Hill, D.C., MTA news


January 8, 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 Kerry Lynch 

Big Picture Outlook

  • Schedule – The House and Senate are both in this week.  Both chambers will be in recess for MLK Day next Monday, Jan. 15.
  • Immigration – The President is doubling down on his insistence for border wall funding.  He is demanding support for the signature campaign initiative in return for an extension of the DACA program, which he ended last fall and which congressional leaders are working on extending by early March.
  • Appropriations – Talks between Senate and House leaders took place last week, and will continue this week.  The DACA issue is a sticking point, as are the budget caps.
  • Welfare Reform – Following the meeting between congressional GOP leaders and President Trump over the weekend, the Washington Post reports that President Trump likely will not prioritize welfare reform, citing a lack of sufficient support in Congress.  This is in line with the argument Leader McConnell had been making.

    The Week Ahead 

    Monday, Jan. 8

    • President Trump spoke to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville, TN
    • Secretary Perdue formally presented the recommendations of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to President Trump

    Tuesday, Jan. 9

    • Senate Finance nominations hearing to consider the nomination of Alex Azar to be Secretary of HHS

    Wednesday, Jan. 10

    • Senate EPW hearing on “America’s Water Infrastructure Needs and Challenges”

    Tuesday, Jan. 30

    President Trump’s State of the Union

A Quick Look Back 

  • FDA announced it would use enforcement discretion for four Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules, and released guidance outlining the provisions impacted
  • The proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard was sent by USDA to OMB for regulatory review

    Pertinent Timing Ticker 

    • 8 legislative days until government funding expires on Jan. 19, 2018
    • 265 total days until the farm bill expires on Sep. 30, 2018