Washington Week Ahead: Livestock Bills Passed, Democrats Seek to Finalize Spending Plan | 2021-12-05

The House ventures into the livestock pricing debate this week, passing a bill that would require the USDA to compile data on livestock contracts, as Democratic leaders in Congress try to find a way to raise the debt ceiling and finalize an agreement with the Senate on their reconstruction. Better plan.

The House will vote on both an extension of the authority of the USDA’s livestock price reporting system and a separate measure sponsored by Rep. Dusty Johnson, RS.D., to create the library of contracts at the ‘USDA.

The bill is supported by several influential organizations in the agriculture and beef industry, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the US Cattlemen’s Association, the National Farmers Union and the Livestock Marketing Association. A larger bill introduced in the Senate last month includes the contract library requirement as well as provisions forcing the USDA to set regional mandatory minimum thresholds for traded trades.

The House will also vote on a bill that would extend USDA’s pricing authority until September 30. A continuing resolution that President Joe Biden signed into law on Friday would extend the authority of the program until February 18 as well as government funding until that date. . The bill could ultimately serve as a vehicle for measuring the contractual library and other provisions.

The House is also expected to debate a bill called the Ocean Shipping Reform Act, which seeks to prevent Chinese exporters from paying ocean carriers to return empty containers instead of filling up with U.S. goods bound for the United States. Asia. The measure, co-sponsored by Johnson and Representative John Garamendi, D-Calif., Is supported by more than 100 farming groups and companies.

Meanwhile, Senate Democrats are trying to finalize changes to the House’s social and climate spending package.

The revised ag provisions of the Senate, obtained by Agri-Pulse, would increase USDA’s Conservation Technical Assistance Bill funding to more than $ 2 billion while increasing the House Bill’s agricultural research funding.

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer, DN.Y., insisted he wanted the bill passed before the end of the year. But Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., has indicated that he remains concerned that the bill will worsen inflation, and it is not clear whether Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, will support the rapid adoption of legislation.

Senatorial Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Said Agri-Pulse On Saturday, Republicans held talks with Manchin and Sinema as well as Democratic leaders. “The fact that they are not yet on board is the reason why they have not yet called for the vote.… If neither Manchin nor Sinema join them before Christmas, there will be no vote before Christmas, ”McConnell said. noted.

Punchbowl reported on Friday that Sinema privately told her colleagues that she didn’t think the bill would pass until Christmas.

She was evasive when CNN pressed her about her plans. “Personally, I believe the best way to create legislation is to be thoughtful and careful so that we craft legislation that truly represents the interests we want to achieve and that creates benefit and helps people all over Arizona and the United States. country. ” she said.

The publication of the Consumer Price Index on Friday could have an impact on the policy surrounding the bill. Prices rose 0.9% in October and 6.2% year-over-year.

Meanwhile, Democrats are trying to find a way to push through an increase in the debt ceiling over opposition Republicans.

One idea that has been floated is to tie the increase in the debt ceiling to a defense authorization bill pending in the Senate, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md ., said the measure probably could not be passed by the House.

Minority House Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Reiterated Republicans will not help push through an increase in the debt limit.

“The debt ceiling is before us at the same time you want to pass the biggest bill in American history. … If this is what Democrats want to do, it is their responsibility, ”he said.

The Senate could consider a measure this week that would use the Congressional Review Act to overturn the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate for private employers. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., Only needs a simple majority to pass the Senate, and it has the backing of Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va.

The amendment is unlikely to be passed by the Democratic-controlled House, however.

Braun called the mandate “federal awareness that will wreak havoc on our recovering economy and trample the rights of millions of Americans.”

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration suspended work on the warrant last month following a U.S. 5th Court of Appeals ruling suspending the rule.

The Senate will also this week consider the appointments of Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel for a new 5-year term on the panel and Tucson, Ariz. Chief of Police Chris Magnus to serve as Commissioner of Customs and US border protection.

The FCC is playing a major role in the expansion of rural broadband. Shirley Bloomfield, CEO of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, recently hailed Rosenworcel as “a straight shooter in a city prone to turn.

“You know when she respectfully disagrees with you, when she sees your point of view but needs more information or data, and when your political goals, like connecting all Americans to the Internet, line up. “

The biofuels industry remains on the lookout for the EPA’s long-delayed release of annual biofuel use mandates.

Under the Energy Act of 2007, the EPA was required to finalize renewable energy volume obligations by November 30 for ethanol production the following year and for biodiesel production the following year. . The RVOs proposed by the EPA have been under review by the White House since August.

Here is a list of agriculture or rural related events scheduled for this week in Washington and elsewhere (all times EDT):

Monday 6 December

The American Seed Trade Association’s annual CSS and Seed Expo, through Thursday, in Chicago. The California Farm Bureau Federation holds its annual meeting in Garden Grove, California.

Tuesday December 7

10:00 am – Hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee on Research and Development to Combat PFAS Contamination.

10 am – Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee hearing, “Uncharted Waters: Challenges Posed by Ocean Shipping Supply Chains,” 253 Russell.

Almond conference kicks off in Sacramento, California.

Wednesday December 8

10 a.m. – House Agriculture Subcommittee hearing on USDA nutrition distribution programs.

Thursday December 9

8:30 a.m. – USDA releases weekly report on export sales.

Noon – USDA publishes a monthly report on agricultural production and estimates of agricultural supply and demand around the world.

Friday December 10

For more information, visit: www.Agri-Pulse.com.

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