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Day ahead – May 25, 2018: GOP lawmakers concerned over auto tariff threat, farm policy discord continues

GOP lawmakers voice concerns over the potential for new automobile import duties and negative effects on agriculture trade that could be seen. Meanwhile, changes are coming to streamline the H-2A farmworker visa program and Republicans continue to mull the farm bill.

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Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

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Day ahead – May 22, 2018: House farm bill vote redo expected in June, trade talk updates

A redo vote on the House farm bill is likely June 22 according to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas). Meanwhile, there are new updates on US-China and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) trade discussions.

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Senate subcommittee approves FY 2019 bill with increases to ag research, FDA food safety

The Senate Appropriations subcommittee approved a FY 2019 spending bill for USDA/FDA on May 22 that rejected much of the cuts proposed by the Trump administration and included a $15 million increase for FDA’s food safety program.

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House farm bill defeated on floor amid Freedom Caucus revolt over immigration

The House farm bill (HR 2) – including a controversial plan to impose work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries – was defeated on the floor by vote of 198-213. 
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House Farm Bill amendments filed, rule for debate up next

Amendments to the House Farm Bill – 103 in all – were filed last week ahead of a deadline, and this week the House Rules Committee will hold two sessions to craft a rule for debate of the bill on the House floor. Before any floor action, Republicans are still pressing to secure the votes needed for the bill's passage.
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Sugar labeling, dairy pilot included in Senate committee-approved bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 31-0 on Thursday to pass the FY 2019 appropriations bill for FDA and USDA, along with a manager’s package of amendments to the bill that touched on added sugars labeling. No additional amendments were offered during a very brief markup that followed a much longer discussion on an energy and water spending bill.

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Roberts applauds bill to speed drug approvals for zoonotic diseases

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Wednesday (May 23) applauded members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee for approving the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation (PAHPAI) Act, complete with provisions that would create expedited pathway for animal drugs that treat zoonotic and vector-borne diseases.

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DeLauro calls on Perdue to stop talks involving imports of China-raised chicken

Concerned that USDA may be moving forward with plans to allow China-raised poultry to be imported to the United States, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) is urging Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to step away from discussing chicken imports after reports surfaced of a meeting among high-level officials. 

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