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AG CHAIR

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts officially became chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Thursday, making him the first lawmaker to chair both that panel and its House counterpart. Roberts chaired the House Ag Committee from 1995-97.    

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REIN IN EPA

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation last Saturday that one of his acts as the new majority leader will be to try and rein in the Environmental Protection Agency through the budgetary process.

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AG COMMITTEE

Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts says he expects to be Agriculture Committee chairman when Republicans take control of the Senate in January. He would be the first person to chair the both the House and Senate Agriculture committees.

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WOTUS UPDATE

The US House yesterday evening approved HR 5078 and ditched EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule. The next hurdle will be getting Senate approval.  IFB President Richard Guebert, Jr. said in a statement: “We urge farmers and landowners to continue filing comments with the U.S. EPA and ask that the U.S. Senate follow the House… read more

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CANDIDATE FOLLOW-UP

Candidates for Governor and Senator appeared Wednesday before the Illinois Ag Legislative Roundtable. We have a story on the gubernatorial candidates on FarmWeekNow.com.  On Friday, check out our story about the Senate candidates.  

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BONUS DEPRECIATION

The House on Friday approved H.R. 4718. The legislation makes the 50 percent bonus depreciation permanent. The bill also expands bonus depreciation to include trees and vines that bear fruits or nuts. But Matt Kaye reports action in the Senate remains uncertain in this election year.  Check out the report Saturday.

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TAX EXTENDERS STALLED

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., says he’ll keep pushing for Senate passage of an $84 billion tax cut bill, which failed to clear a procedural hurdle Thursday amid Republican opposition.  Details on FarmWeekNow.com.

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TAX EXTENDERS

The Senate on Tuesday voted 96 to 3 to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed with tax extender legislation. The Senate can now begin debate on H.R. 3474, the bill that will become the legislative vehicle for S. 2270, the Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency Act. Farm Bureau supports passage of the EXPIRE… read more

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