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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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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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TRADE UPDATE

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says Republicans are “very committed” to enacting a fast-track trade bill, but wouldn’t tip his hand as to how they would overcome Democratic resistance that stalled a section of the measure.

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TPA UPDATE

The House Ways and Means Committee Thursday night approved, 25-13, a Trade Promotion Authority bill one day after the Senate Finance Committee advanced its version of the legislation, which guarantees that trade deals can get an up-or-down-vote in Congress without any chance of being amended.  The stage is now set for floor fights over whether to… read more

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ESTATE TAX VOTE

The House is scheduled to vote on H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015, on Thursday. The vote is significant because the House has not voted on estate tax repeal in ten years. A high vote count will increase the chances that the Senate will take up the issue.

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ESTATE TAX VOTE

In a message-sending vote, the Senate endorsed killing the estate tax, but the Republican majority could attract the support of just one Democrat. The 54-46 vote came on one of a series of non-binding amendments to the Senate budget resolution. Ending the death tax was among the messages the IFB Leaders to Washington group brought… read more

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ESTATE TAX REPEAL CLEARS HOUSE PANEL

A divided U.S. House panel has passed a bill that would repeal the federal estate tax. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 22-10 to move the bill. Advocates say abolishing the tax would help farmers and small business owners keep their businesses in the family.

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SUBCOMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS

Congressman Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville will chair the Biotechnology, Horticulture & Research Subcommittee of the House Agriculture Committee and also serve on the Nutrition, Commodity Exchanges, Energy and Credit Subcommittee. Other members of Illinois’ Congressional delegation named to Ag subcommittees include: Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro: General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, and Conservation and Forestry; and Cheri Bustos, D-East… read more

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HOUSE AG COMMITTEE

Illinois’ Rodney Davis will chair the Biotechnology, Horticulture and Research subcommittee in the 114 Congress. Rep. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, the next chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, has named the Republican lawmakers who will lead the panel’s subcommittees.

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