Daily Harvest -- 6/11/2013
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FARM & RURAL POLICY
Agri-Pulse: Senate approves five-year farm bill on strong bipartisan vote
- Eighteen Republican senators joined 46 Democrats and two Independents in approving the bill. Newly minted Sen. Jeffrey Chiesa, R-N.J., voted in favor of the bill. Two Democrats - Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I. - joined 25 Republicans in voting against the bill.
Agri-Pulse: Sen. Stabenow on farm bill: We need to get this done
- Agri-Pulse catches up with the Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman immediately after the Senate passed the farm bill Monday. She highlights the differences in food stamp spending between the Senate and House farm bills.
Agri-Pulse: Boehner seeks "vigorous" farm bill debate on House floor
- House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, issued a statement encouraging an open debate on the farm bill in the House this month. He reiterates his opposition to dairy provisions in the bill.
Washington Post: Senate passes half-trillion dollar farm bill, moving debate to House on food stamp cost
- The Senate overwhelmingly voted Monday to expand farm subsidies and make small cuts to food stamps in a five-year, half-trillion dollar measure. But passage in the House isn’t expected to be so easy — or so bipartisan.
Roll Call: Now, the Real Test for the Farm Bill
- House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the House’s farm bill would reach the floor with an open process for consideration, a point that Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., highlighted during a brief interview. Roberts left open the possibility that a House-Senate agreement could be something that he could support.
Wall Street Journal: The Government's Raisin Brand
- (Subscription only) The Supreme Court ruled Monday that raisin farmers can challenge federal regulations in court before they are forced to pay fines for noncompliance. In Horne v. USDA, the question involved a Great Depression program to prop up the price of raisins by forcing raisin sellers to hand over a share of their crop at a discount to the federal government.
TRADE & INTERNATIONAL
USA Today: Secretive U.S. panel eyes China's Smithfield deal
- The government's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) is thrust into the spotlight, highlighting the growing concern about U.S. companies being purchased by foreign entities. The committee "only raises its head during controversy but the truth is it operates all the time even when people aren't hearing about it," said Josh Zive, a senior counsel at Bracewell & Giuliani.
Washington Post: China may approve Intacta soybeans
- Shares of agriculture company Monsanto rose 4.5 percent, to $106.25, Monday on reports that China may approve some genetically modified soybeans for importation.
FARM LABOR & IMMIGRATION
Bloomberg: House Republican Leaders to Speed Immigration Work
- House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and other leaders have decided to focus on immigration before the August recess, three Republican aides said yesterday. House leaders want to avoid being pressured into considering the Senate legislation if they don’t have proposals of their own.
New York Times: Immigration Legislation Draws Many Amendments as It Heads to Floor
- As the Senate begins a floor fight that is likely to last until the Fourth of July recess, senators from both parties are readying dozens of amendments to the immigration legislation. The New York Times outlines several possibilities.
New York Times: Plant Faces New Hurdle on Horse Meat
- New Mexico’s attorney general ruled on Monday that veterinary drugs commonly administered to horses would render their meat adulterated under state law, meaning it would not be fit for human consumption.
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