Weekly Food & Agriculture Update- 2.20
WEEKLY FOOD & AGRICULTURE UPDATE
February 20, 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 will not be in session this week due to the federal holiday.
- Immigration– The Senate’s immigration debate last week fell flat as several proposals came short of reaching the 60-vote margin needed to pass. Time is running thin for lawmakers to come up with a solution for DACA recipients, whose protected status is set to end on March 4th (five legislative days away).
- Midterm Elections– Every House seat and 34 Senate seats are up for re-election on November 6th (37 weeks to go!). Most recently, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney announced Friday that he will run for Senate in Utah following Orrin Hatch’s retirement. You can find an interactive election guide here.
- Neil Jacobs was confirmed to be an Assistant Secretary of Commerce.
- Holly W. Greaves was confirmed to be Chief Financial Officer, Environmental Protection Agency.
- Adam J. Sullivan was confirmed to be an Assistant Secretary of Transportation.
- Ronald L. Batory was confirmed to be Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.
- Raymond Martinez was confirmed to be Administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
The Week Ahead
There are no committee hearings or meetings scheduled this week.
A Quick Look Back
- Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes
- Several Editorial Boards, including USA Today, have come out against the Harvest Box concept.
- What’s next for DACA recipients as deadline approaches?
- Ag Chairman Mike Conaway: Cotton will account for biggest change in next farm bill
Pertinent Timing Ticker
- 31 days (20 legislative days) until government funding expires on March 23, 2018.
- 222 total days until the farm bill expires (Sep. 30, 2018).