Supporters of the Growing Climate Solutions Act are signing new co-sponsors of Senate legislation in hopes of getting the House to pass the bill.
Virginia Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who chairs the House Agriculture Committee’s conservation subcommittee, said 11 more members became co-sponsors of the bill’s version, bringing the total to 44.
Spanberger tells Agri-Pulse that if the legislation has enough co-sponsors – it did not say how many were needed – the House could take back the measure of the Senate under the expedited suspension process. Suspended bills must obtain a two-thirds majority in order to be adopted. The Senate approved Bill 92-8.
The measure aims to accelerate the development of agricultural carbon markets by instructing the USDA to certify agricultural advisers and credit checking services.
Besides: A group called Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions has launched a six-figure online advertising campaign in some states, encouraging viewers to tell members of their chambers to support the bill.
Republicans slam Democrats over inheritance tax
Senate Republicans on Wednesday laid out one of their lines of attack for the Democrats’ $ 3.5 trillion spending program seeking a proposal to end reinforced base use and start taxing capital gains on death.
“If the strengthened base is wiped out, generations of accumulated labor would be snatched, literally snatched, from the hands of American farm families,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
He was then followed to the Senate by senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, John Boozman of Arkansas, and other Republicans from the Agricultural State. Senator Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Called the proposal a “direct attack on multigenerational farms in Kansas and across the country.”
Keep in mind: According to President Biden’s proposal, tax payable for family farms and small businesses would be deferred as long as they remain in business. There would also be exemptions of up to $ 2.5 million per couple. Critics say the tax obligations could still be huge.
Senator Alex Padilla, D-Calif., Questions Agriculture Secretary Vilsack
Polarization of immigration highlighted in farmer hearing
A Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on agricultural labor has highlighted the fierce partisan divisions that continue to hamper all efforts to liberalize the H-2A program. At Wednesday’s hearing, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack clashed with members of the Republican committee over the House’s Farm Workforce Modernization Act.
Republicans have called it an “amnesty” bill and have repeatedly attacked the Biden administration over the increased flow of illegal immigration.
Vilsack later told reporters that farm groups must continue to pressure Congress to act on the issue.
Keep in mind: The agricultural sector is not unified. American Farm Bureau Federation is withholding its support for the House bill until its concerns are resolved. Former Labor Ministry official Leon Sequeira told senators that the House bill contained “many provisions that would make the program even more expensive, more bureaucratic and impose a huge new legal liability on farmers.”
USDA Seeks to Help Stabilize Central America
The USDA will have a role to play in the Biden administration’s plan to consolidate the economies of the Central American countries whose citizens have fled to the United States. The main task of the department will be to help encourage agricultural development through research and technical assistance, Vilsack said.
Tasks include dealing with food safety and animal health issues and helping their farmers to become able to export their crops. âAt the end of the day, you need exports to really increase wealth and develop a strong agricultural economy,â he told reporters.
Lawmakers target forced labor
Congress should consider reviewing outdated laws that are supposed to exclude products made with forced labor from U.S. supply chains, lawmakers say.
Witnesses told a House Ways and Means subcommittee hearing that cotton, sugar, cocoa and melons are just a few of the staples produced around the world with slaves, but that ‘They are still reaching the US market, despite the efforts of customs and border protection.
Representative Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Said Congress “must consider whether additional legislation could help end this modern day slavery.” We also need to examine how Congress and U.S. Customs can better help importers proactively eradicate goods produced with forced labor from their supply chains. “
No urgency for the renewal of the TPA, according to the legislator
The Trade Promotion Authority – the legal power that compels Congress to review a trade deal without changing it – expired less than a month ago, but there is “not much urgency” on Capitol Hill for it. renew quickly, says California Democratic Representative Jimmy Gomez, a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Although initial discussions have started, Gomez said lawmakers are still focused on other priorities and many do not fully understand the importance of TPA.
Democrats want to put their mark on a new TPA. Gomez said Congress should be consulted when negotiating free trade pacts and not just after a deal is struck. âWe want to make sure we’re involved earlier,â he said.
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Jaguar protected habitat cut after breeders sue
A successful lawsuit that ranchers have filed in New Mexico requires the Fish and Wildlife Service to remove about 110,000 acres of a critical habitat designation for jaguars.
A New Mexico district court judge ruled earlier this year that the federal agency had failed to comply with its own regulations to designate unoccupied habitat as critical for the species’ long-term conservation. The entire designated area in New Mexico and Arizona will now cover approximately 654,000 acres.
The lawsuit was brought by the New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau, the New Mexico Cattlemen’s Association, and the New Mexico Federal Lands Council.
He said it. “We’re going to look at all the issues, and I can tell you I’m getting a lot of opinions on what those issues are.” – Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Asked what he would do about fears that a proposed border carbon tax could trigger trade retaliation.
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