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LOSING IN 2020

Illinois is very likely going to lose another congressional seat in the 2020 Census. Illinois currently has 18 House members — that would go to 17 in the next redistricting. In fact, many of the Northeast/Midwest states would lose seats to the Sun Belt states,  Daily Kos reports.

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CROP INSURANCE CUTS

Critics of federal crop insurance are proposing to cut about $24 billion from the program, far more than what was included in a congressional budget agreement. Bills being introduced in the House and Senate would cut $19 billion over 10 years by eliminating the Harvest Price Option on revenue policies.

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WOTUS RULE

Senate Republicans are forcing a debate over the Obama administration’s Clean Water Act rule this week, while the House could debate raising truck weight limits, another priority for agriculture, as part of a long-term highway funding bill. Check out our Action Request on FarmWeekNow.com.

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RYAN SECURES HOUSE SPEAKERSHIP

Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was overwhelmingly elected House speaker by fellow Republicans on Thursday, closing a bitter and protected leadership battle but not fully resolving the internal divisions that have upended the GOP majority, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.

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BUDGET DEAL

Senate Republican leaders Thursday endorsed a House agreement to restore a $3 billion cut contained in a two-year budget deal. The budget deal now goes to the President’s desk.

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SENATORS PUSH TO FENCE IN DRONES

An analysis of 891 drone sightings reported to the Federal Aviation Administration over a 17-month period found more than half flew too close to an airport, prompting lawmakers to renew calls Wednesday to tag the remote-controlled aircraft with electronic collars that would keep them away. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., want “geofencing”… read more

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SPEAKER’S RACE

Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo, who sponsored legislation to block states from mandating the labeling of biotech foods, is considering a race for House speaker should Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan decline.

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SPEAKER DECISION

House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan was under heavy pressure from colleagues to run for speaker as Republicans prepared to break for a week-long recess with no other obvious option. However, Agri-Pulse reports House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, is among several other Republicans who are considering the post. 

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WOTUS HEARING

Republican Senators used a congressional hearing Wednesday to press an Army representative for an explanation on why the Corps of Engineers opted to support the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule despite opposition in some internal memos. Details at FarmWeekNow.com.

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HOUSE SHAKEUP

House Speaker John Boehner plans to retire from Congress at end of October.

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