Weekly Food & Agriculture Update 7.19

Monday, July 19th, 2021


July 19, 2021

  • Big Picture Outlook
  • The Week Ahead
  • A Quick Look Back
  • Contact the Team

Big Picture Outlook

Senate Nears Pivotal Vote On Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal – As both chambers return this week, the fate of a bipartisan infrastructure package remains uncertain. Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has announced a procedural vote on the bipartisan package for July 20, a tactic Democrats hope will allow them to pass a key part of President Joe Biden’s domestic agenda before the August recess. But, negotiators face still several outstanding issues, both on funding mechanisms and spending priorities.

Senate Republicans Oppose Strengthening IRS Enforcement For Infrastructure Plan – Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) said Sunday that IRS enforcement of taxes was officially off the table as a means for funding the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. The Ohio senator, one of the 22 senators working in the bipartisan group to negotiate the infrastructure framework, said increasing IRS enforcement as a way to raise new revenues faced pushback from Republican colleagues; one of the reasons it was no longer a viable option.

Reconciliation Bill May Limit Republican Support For Infrastructure – The $3.5 trillion reconciliation agreement reached by Senate Democrats and the White House has renewed the debate over whether passing it alongside the bipartisan infrastructure framework agreed to last month could jeopardize the bipartisan path forward. Key Senate Republicans said the reconciliation agreement, which would include some of President Biden’s domestic priorities over GOP objections, could imperil Republican support for the separate bipartisan infrastructure plan, which includes $579 billion in new spending. The budget bill, which Democratic congressional leaders have said must be agreed to before they put the bipartisan infrastructure bill up for a vote, remains a worry for Republicans who resent the linkage and Democrats who will need their votes in the Senate.

House Appropriators Complete FY22 Bills –  The House Appropriations Committee has completed work on all 12 of its spending bills for fiscal year 2022, and the bills will now go before the House floor to be voted on. House leadership expects to begin floor action on the first FY22 appropriations package, combining seven bills including: Agriculture/FDA, Energy/Water, Labor/HHS/Education, Interior/Environment, and others during the week of July 26.On the Senate side, the Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to act on its FY22 bills.

The Week Ahead 

Tuesday, July 20

  • 10:00 AM EST: Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs holds hearing to examine 21stcentury communities, focusing on climate change, resilience, and reinsurance.
  • 2:00 PM EST: House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation holds hearing on U.S.-European Cooperation on China and the Broader Indo-Pacific.

Wednesday, July 21

  • 10:00 AM EST: House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade holds hearing on the Global Challenged of Forced Labor in Supply Chains: Strengthening Enforcement and Protecting Workers.
  • 10:00 AM EST: Senate Committee on Judiciary holds hearing to examine immigrant farmworkers and feeding America.

Thursday, July 22

  • 10:00 AM EST: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions holds hearing to examine American workers in a 21stcentury economy, focusing on the right to organize.

To see a full list of House and Senate Committee business, visit here.

A Quick Look Back 

“Democrats Launch Immigration Reform Hail Mary” Politico

“Biden Wanted A Climate Alliance With Europe. He’s Getting A Fight” Politico

“Surging Prices For Gasoline, Food, Airfares Driving The Jump In Inflation” CNBC

“Hiring Challenges in Agriculture: Farms Adapt to Worker Shortage” Lancaster Farming

“Biden Order To Strengthen Hand Of Small Farmers In Legal Fights” The Hill

“Farmers In Utah Have Cut Water Use 70-75% Compared To Last Year” Deseret News

“Sky-high Feed Prices Are Pushing Dairy Farmers Over The Edge” Philadelphia Inquirer

“U.S. Soybean Production Revenue, Costs Higher, Study Shows” Successful Farming

“Rural Bankers See Farmland Price Decline Ahead” Ag Web

“WOTUS Back In EPA’s Hands, But Trump Rule Still In Place” Agri-Pulse

“NOAA Predicts Western Drought Will Persist For Months” Politico

Contact the Team 

Feel free to contact Michael TorreyTara Smith, Danielle Nelson, Cassandra KuballJames GlueckBarbara Patterson, Trey Forsyth, Perry Harlow, or Brandon Barnett with any questions or comments.