January 21, 2020

Video: Rep. Adrian Smith, Trade Issues- India

March 13, from Rep. Adrian Smith (R., Neb.)- “[Rep. Smith] participated in a House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade hearing on U.S. — India relations on March 13, 2013. During the hearing, Smith noted agricultural exporters in Nebraska’s Third District experience tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade in India. Smith asked Allen F. Johnson, who served as Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005, to explain these barriers.”


Video: Sen. Coons Highlights Sequester, Meat Inspector Issues on Senate Floor Tuesday

On Tuesday, Sen. Chris Coons (D., Del.) addressed food safety issues associated with the sequester and meat inspectors on the Senate floor.

Specifically, Sen. Coons spoke about the pending continuing resolution (CR) in the Senate and stated that, “With the sequester having kicked in, many of us who are from states that have livestock or poultry processing are aware of the impending and significant negative impact on our home states and our economies, on people’s employment and on their opportunity to support their families.

“And so I wanted to briefly speak in support of what I know are Sen. [Barbara] Mikulski’s [D., Md.] tireless efforts to ensure that the 6,200 meat and poultry processing plants in this country do not get needlessly shut down.”


Budget- Policy Issues; Ag Economy; and, Immigration

Budget: House GOP Proposal- Farm Bill Issues

Reuters writer Charles Abbott reported yesterday that, “Republicans in the House of Representatives on Tuesday proposed $31 billion in farm subsidy cuts and the conversion of food stamps into a cash benefit program, as a way to help balance the federal budget in 10 years.

The proposal, signed by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, left it to the Agriculture Committee to pick the specific cuts, but cited the $5 billion-a-year ‘direct payment’ subsidy, paid regardless of need, and the heavily subsidized federal crop insurance program as areas worthy of review.

“It also called for turning food stamps, used by millions of poor and elderly Americans to buy food, into a cash payment and to allow states to ‘tailor their programs to their recipients’ needs.’ Under the plan, food stamps would become a block grant.”