Sen. Mike Johanns (R., Neb.) discussed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issues on the Senate floor today.
A news release from his office indicated that, “[Sen. Johanns] is introducing today a package of legislation promoting greater transparency and accountability in the [EPA's] regulatory process. The package contains four individual pieces of legislation.”
DTN Ag Policy Editor Chris Clayton reported yesterday (link requires subscription) that, “While possible sequestration cuts could begin as soon as March 1, USDA is still examining the possible effects on farm programs, a senior USDA official said Tuesday.
“Michael Scuse, the department’s undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, spoke at the crop insurance industry’s annual meeting near Palm Springs, Calif. During the question-and-answer session, DTN asked Scuse about how farmers would be affected by possible cuts to commodity and conservation programs.
“‘We still have all of the attorneys at USDA looking at all of the programs and how they will in fact be affected if the sequester does kick in on March 1,’ Scuse said.”