Lawmakers look to finish work on some fiscal 2024 appropriations bills important to agriculture this week, as newly elected House Speaker Mike Johnson and other congressional leaders face a looming deadline for keeping the government open amid deep partisan divides over spending.
Former House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson has a message for House Republican leaders. There are plenty of Democratic votes to pass a farm bill, unless the GOP drives them away with changes forced by hard-line conservatives.
California, Arizona and Nevada have reached a consensus on how to conserve at least 3 million acre-feet of water until 2026, but the plan still needs to be approved by the Upper Basin states and the Bureau of Reclamation.
The Bureau of Reclamation is laying out two sharply different alternatives for future Colorado River water cuts: Prioritize reductions based on water rights seniority – California’s preferred option or distribute cuts evenly across all Lower Basin water users.
Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has released all 12 spending bills for fiscal 2023 without waiting for the panel’s normal bipartisan process of debating the measures separately.