January 27, 2020

Farm Bill; Ag Economy; RFS; and, Smithfield

Farm Bill- Variables Pressure Legislative Agenda

Michael D. Shear and Jonathan Weisman reported in Thursday’s New York Times that, “The intensifying debate over military action in Syria is threatening to consume the limited amount of time that Congress had allocated this month for dealing with a budget clash and the rest of President Obama’s domestic agenda.

“Lawmakers are scheduled to return to reconvene Congress on Monday after their annual summer break. With a budget and debt limit clash looming in October, the legislative window had already narrowed for any action on immigration, energy efficiency, a new Federal Reserve chairman and an examination of surveillance laws.

“Now, with Mr. Obama’s surprise decision to request Congressional authorization for a Syria strike, the political casualties are mounting quickly.”

The Times article noted that, “The problem is especially striking in the House, which will barely be in session this month.”