The Senate is set this week to pass a landmark land conservation bill over the objections of cattle producers, and President Donald Trump’s trade chief will face questioning by Senate and House panels.
Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s job defending his department’s fiscal 2021 budget request on Wednesday was made a lot easier after President Donald Trump announced he would support full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
President Donald Trump’s election-year budget proposes $1 trillion in infrastructure spending, including $25 billion earmarked for rural America, while reprising recommendations for slashing farm programs and nutrition assistance.
A congressional agreement to fund the government for fiscal 2020 includes an additional $1.5 billion in disaster relief for farmers and would revive the biodiesel tax credit and extend it through 2022.
The Senate is looking to finish work on a package of spending bills funding USDA and other agencies important to agriculture, but it increasingly appears that Congress won’t reach a final agreement on fiscal 2020 until after the first of the year.
President Donald Trump and his top trade negotiator head to the Group of 20 summit in hopes of re-starting negotiations with China before the trade war escalates further while simultaneously making progress in talks with the Japanese on reducing their barriers to U.S. farm exports.
House Democrats are rolling out a series of fiscal 2020 spending bills that reject a range of White House spending cuts while challenging key Trump administration priorities and regulatory rollbacks at USDA, EPA and other agencies.