Lawmakers resume their lame duck session this week facing a deadline looming to avert a government shutdown, but they will also take some time to put a spotlight on a proposed merger of supermarket giants Kroger and Albertsons.
The House Appropriations Committee advanced a $27.2 billion spending bill for the Agriculture Department and Food and Drug Administration that would provide significant new funding for conservation technical assistance, rural broadband and food safety.
The Agriculture Department would get $560 million more for rural broadband expansion, plus increases for research, food aid and combating animal and plant diseases, under a draft House spending bill for fiscal 2023.
Democratic leaders are trying to nail down an agreement this week on President Joe Biden’s Build Build Better package of social spending and climate policy ahead of his pivotal trip to Europe for a G20 summit and the international climate conference in Glasgow.
Christa Lachenmayr has been appointed the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s liaison to the Department of Agriculture and Swen Neufeldt has been named group vice president and president of Hormel Foods International Corp.
A divided Commodity Futures Trading Commission proposes new position limits for market speculators along with expanded exemptions that would benefit grain processors and other companies that hedge their risks in agricultural commodities.