FarmPolicy

August 20, 2019

Rep. Davis Questions EPA on Proposed Changes to the Clean Water Act

Categories: Regulations

U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) questions EPA Deputy Administrator and U.S. Army Corp of Engineers on prosed rules to redefine the term “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act during Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee hearing

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Rep. Smith- Nebraska Exports Benefit World Consumers

In response to questions from Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE), panelists at a Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee hearing discuss how protectionist trade policies hurt consumers.

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Ag Appropriations; Ag Economy; Regs; Water Bill; and, Political Notes

Agricultural Appropriations- Policy Issues

Today the House will consider the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 4800), which will be debated under a “Modified Open Rule.” (“The rule provides for one hour of general debate and makes in order any amendment offered that complies with the House rules. Additionally, the Rule provides for 10 minutes of debate per amendment equally divided between the proponent and an opponent and up to 10 pro forma amendments for the purpose of debate offered by the Chair and Ranking Member or their designee.”)

Bloomberg writers Alan Bjerga and Derek Wallbank reported yesterday that, “House Republicans today will try to roll back school-lunch nutrition requirements — passed in 2010 with the backing of First Lady Michelle Obama — saying the rules bust local budgets and micromanage what children eat.

The vote, over a provision in the U.S. agriculture spending bill, is a proxy for a larger debate between Republicans, who call the rules a massive government overreach, and Democrats, who say the opposing party is trying to protect the interests of big food producers.”

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