House Republicans and Democrats on Thursday sparred over USDA nutrition programs at a hearing on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, highlighting partisan divides over funding for food assistance in the 2023 farm bill.
A stopgap-funding bill that will keep the government operating this fall includes a $10 billion expansion in agricultural disaster aid and temporarily extends authority for USDA’s livestock price reporting system.
House Republicans are eyeing 47 seats held by Democrats they hope to pick up in 2022 to take back the majority, including nine seats in key agricultural districts, but the GOP will have its own problems to deal with.
Joe Biden is planning to start issuing a series of executive orders addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and other challenges, starting Wednesday as he take office as the 46th president in a capital city fortified like a war zone.
The election as well as lawmaker retirements have shaken up leadership roles on key House and Senate Committees with jurisdiction over agriculture and food, which could force Capitol Hill legislators to forge new friendships.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and U.S. President Donald Trump are both keen on strengthening the ties between their respective countries, but a comprehensive trade pact isn’t likely in the near future because of Democratic opposition, says U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.
Congressional Republicans are hoping to win back the House this November, and the lawmaker leading the GOP campaign operation says that districts with rural and agricultural areas will be critical to winning the necessary 17 seats.