Several Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee whom Republicans had targeted for defeat won re-election instead, helping stem the massive mid-term losses that first-term presidents have traditionally faced. Meanwhile, Senate control remained up in the air after Democrats flipped a seat in Pennsylvania.
The Consumer Brands Association has picked David Chavern to serve as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer, while Jacqlyn Schneider is a new partner at FGS Global’s food and agriculture practice.
Democrats won House passage of a package of fiscal 2023 appropriations bills that includes new funding for conservation technical assistance and rural broadband Thursday as well as substantial spending increases for EPA and the Interior Department.
Battles for key farm-state seats in Congress are taking shape after primaries this spring, but there several intraparty fights still to be decided in coming weeks in states such as Missouri, Minnesota and Washington.
Lawmakers are well into their preparatory hearings for writing the next farm bill. But a veteran Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee suggests the bill’s fate is going to hinge on whether lawmakers come up with more funding for it.
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.
Ag groups are debating once again the idea of a permanent disaster aid program, but congressional budget rules and concerns about the crop insurance system are likely to make it as difficult as ever for lawmakers to agree on a proposal.