The House is expected to vote today on whether to expel New York Republican George Santos following an Ethics Committee report released in November. It will take a two-thirds majority of the House to remove Santos.
A coalition of biofuels groups is pushing back at a federal appeals court ruling. The 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeals last week vacated multiple denials of small refinery exemption requests from the biofuel blending mandates, ruling that the agency had used an “impermissibly retroactive” standard.
With action on a farm bill postponed to next year, the Senate Agriculture Committee turns to handling a pair of nominations, including a new undersecretary for rural development at the Agriculture Department.
Lawmakers have given themselves another year to write a new farm bill, but they have a limited amount of time to reach bipartisan agreements on critical issues and could easily be forced to pass another long-term extension of the 2018 law.
Major commodity groups and the American Farm Bureau Federation are calling on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to overhaul a 2022 disaster assistance program that significantly prorates assistance for larger losses.