Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse, a GOP leader of congressional efforts to curb foreign influence in U.S. agriculture, has returned $17,500 in campaign donations to political action committees representing the Chinese-owned agribusiness companies Smithfield Foods and Syngenta.
Lawmakers worried that China could gain control over the U.S. food system through land purchases are looking to curb the nation's grip on American farmland, despite no evidence of a spike in land sales to Chinese interests, according to an Agri-Pulse analysis of Agriculture Department data.
The Senate is set to OK President Joe Biden’s nominees for Interior secretary and U.S. Trade Representative this week, while the House looks to jump-start a congressional debate over immigration reform and farm labor.
Lawmakers can now turn their eyes toward next Wednesday when Joe Biden will be inaugurated as president after Donald Trump was impeached by the House for a second time. The Senate won’t take up the impeachment before Trump leaves office.
Congressman Jimmy Panetta, D-Calif., and Representatives Mike Thompson, D-Calif., Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Barbara Lee, D-Calif., and Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., announced the introduction of the 2020 WHIP+ Reauthorization Act.