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TRUMP CUTS A DEAL

President Donald Trump Wednesday shocked his Republican counterparts when he struck a short-term deal with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling. The deal will fund the government and raise the debt ceiling for three months, postponing a fight about fiscal matters, including whether the U.S. should fund Trump’s long-promised border wall. (Washington Post)

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SENATE HEALTH CARE BILL FALTERS AGAIN

GOP Sens. John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski joined Senate Democrats early Friday morning in a 51-49 vote to reject the Senate’s repeal of the ACA. Senate leaders initially thought they would be able to pass a “skinny” bill which would have repealed a few key parts of the ACA, but fell just one… read more

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HOUSE BUDGET BILL RESTORES SOME TRUMP CUTS

The U.S. House fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill restores proposed cuts to USDA, including funding for Peoria’s ag lab. The bill proposes $20 billion in discretionary funding – $4.6 billion more than President Donald Trump’s budget request. A subcommittee advanced the fiscal year 2018 agricultural appropriations bill to the full committee. (FarmWeekNow.com)

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GOP DELAYS VOTE ON HEALTH CARE BILL

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday delayed a vote on the legislation to repeal and replace the ACA. McConnell delayed the vote because the Senate GOP lacked the votes needed to even call the bill for debate. “We will not be on the bill this week, but we’re still working toward getting at least 50… read more

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DEFICIT NOT TOP ISSUE

A Pew Research survey finds 56% say that reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority for the president and Congress in 2016, down from 64% who said this last year. The general economy and terrorism are among the top issues these days.

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ACTION REQUEST

It’s time to DROWN the WOTUS Rule. Urge your Congressman to vote for S.J.Res. 22 – a resolution disapproving the Waters of the U.S. The U.S. House is expected to vote on the resolution on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week. Call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your… read more

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CONGRESS UPDATE

The U.S. Senate voted 65-33 Friday on a package of spending and tax bills that will keep the federal government operating through the end of next September. Important provisions for agriculture: the legislation makes permanent the Section 179 small business expensing option and repeals mandatory country of origin labelling for beef and pork preventing $1… read more

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PAYMENT RULES

USDA issued its long-anticipated final rule guiding eligibility for farm program payments, which the agency said is consistent with the direction and authority provided by Congress in the 2014 farm bill. But in the process, the rule generated a backlash from the National Sustainable Agricultural Coalition, which represents the interests of smaller family farms.

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Action Request: Section 179 & COOL Labeling

Farm Bureau members: Call your Senators & Congressmen to urge support of permanent Section 179 and repeal of mandatory country of origin labeling. Congressional leaders last night released details of a $1.1 trillion Fiscal 2016 spending bill that would also repeal mandatory country of origin labeling for beef and pork. Passage of the bill that would… read more

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TRANSPORTATION BILL PASSES

 The Senate gave final congressional approval Thursday night to a five-year, $305 billion highway bill on an 83-16 vote, hours after the House passed the measure. Now the president’s signature is the only thing standing in the way of the first long-term bill in a decade. The measure also restores $3 billion in funding to… read more

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