January 29, 2020

Farm Bill; Budget; Ag Economy; Biotech; and, Immigration

Farm Bill

Emma Dumain reported on Friday at Roll Call Online that, “The House will have a busy January judging by the lengthy legislative agenda Majority Leader Eric Cantor circulated among his colleagues on Friday.

“The Virginia Republican’s memo, obtained by 218, lays out the obvious items of business: passing conference reports for the farm bill and for legislation funding the nation’s water programs, plus an appropriations bill for the remainder of fiscal 2014.”

In part, Rep. Cantor’s memo stated that, “Chairmen Frank Lucas and Bill Shuster, along with our conferees, continue to work towards agreement with their Senate counterparts on the Farm bill and WRRDA conference reports, respectively. These two conference reports represent new ideas on how government programs should work and as soon as they are ready for consideration, I expect to schedule these in the House.”

Chris Clayton pointed out on Friday at the DTN Ag Policy Blog that, “Cantor’s main work on the farm bill thus far has been to hit ‘the pause button’ while helping split the legislation into two pieces last summer.”