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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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EPA extends comment period for controversial science transparency rule

The Trump administration has extended the comment period for a controversial proposal to restrict the data EPA can use to support future regulations.
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Day ahead – May 24, 2018: US presses China on ag imports, biofuels meeting on tap

The US is pushing China to more than double its imports of US ag goods. Meanwhile, a biofuels policy meeting will be held today and the Commerce Dept. launched a Section 232 investigation on automobile imports.

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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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Democrats question EPA Administrator Pruitt's legal defense fund

Senate Democrats are pressing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for details about a legal defense he has set up to defray the potential costs of at least a dozen federal ethics investigations.

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Current, former USTR chief negotiators for agriculture discuss current trade dynamics

US trade relations, the Trump administration's different break with past administrations on trade policy style and substance and other trade topics were discussed during a panel discussion including current and former US agriculture trade negotiators held May 22 at the Farm Foundation.

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Next steps in the farm bill process remain unclear

US ag circles are still mulling the prospects of a new farm bill in the wake of the sharp rebuke delivered in the House May 18.

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US Washington week ahead: Spending bills, farm bill & NAFTA 2.0 talks remain a focus

The House and Senate continue to churn through the various government spending bills while lawmakers are assessing the next steps in the farm bill process and the NAFTA 2.0 talks remain attention points in the week leading up to the Memorial Day holiday.

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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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