Republican leaders are rushing to pass another short-term spending bill to keep the government funded into March, and the prospects for moving a new farm bill by early spring could hinge on whether some cotton and dairy provisions get thrown into the spending measure.
Wayne Pacelle, who built the Humane Society of the United States into the country's most effective animal rights organization, resigned as its CEO and president Friday only a day after the board of directors had agreed to retain him despite allegations of sexual harassment.
Reps. Roger Marshall and Jim McGovern could not be more different on paper. Marshall, a Republican, represents Kansas’ heavily agricultural 1st District, while McGovern is a liberal firebrand from Worcester, Mass. But the two lawmakers have rallied around the idea of "food as medicine."
A government shutdown threatens to continue into the work week with lawmakers and the White House deadlocked over a short-term funding extension amid Democratic demands for an agreement on legalizing the Dreamers.
The government headed to a partial shutdown this weekend after Senate Democrats, demanding a deal on legal status for DACA recipients, blocked passage of a House-passed measure that would have kept agencies funded until Feb. 16.
Some new studies suggest that proposals to restrict the amount of crop insurance subsidies that larger, high-earning farmers receive could push the least riskiest farmers out of the program, or force them to restructure in ways that would allow them to skirt the limits.
Lawmakers face a Friday deadline to pass a new stopgap funding bill as they struggle to reach agreement on immigration and tax issues as well as a disaster bill that would include new assistance for farmers.