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Grassley continues to lay out trade, tax agenda

More thoughts on upcoming trade talks, the partial government shutdown and tax policy were shared this week by new Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

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Day ahead – January 17, 2019: Shutdown update, US authorities focusing on Huawei, Ag nominees on list sent to Congress

President Donald Trump continues to insist he will not compromise with Democrats over border wall funding to end the partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, US authorities may soon issue indictments of Chinese tech giant Huawei for allegedly stealing trade secrets and three USDA nominees were included on a list of nominations submitted to the Senate Wednesday (January 16).

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EPA nominee grilled over shutdown, climate change

EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler faced sharp criticism on Wednesday (Jan. 16) from Democrats upset with his policies and with the decision by Republicans to proceed with his confirmation hearing while much of EPA is closed due to the partial government shutdown.

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Sen. Grassley indicates USTR saw little progress on key China issues in talks

US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer did not see any progress made on structural issues during trade talks with China last week in Beijing, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said on Tuesday after meeting with Lighthizer January 11.

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Enviros urge Senate to delay hearing on EPA nominee

Environmentalists are pressuring Senate Republican leaders to postpone a confirmation hearing for acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler until the partial government shutdown has been resolved.

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Focus on farm labor market at Farm Bureau convention reveals challenges remain

The state of the farm labor market, and recent related legislative efforts, remain a major attention point for US agriculture, with the matters brought into focus via a session at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in New Orleans.

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Day ahead – January 15, 2019: Attempts to end shutdown, China pledges more economic stimulus, China ASF-related hog culls

Multiple efforts are underway in Congress to find a way to end the partial government shutdown. Meanwhile, Chinese government officials are pledging more economic stimulus measures to combat an economic slowdown and Chinese ASF-related hog culls are nearing one million.

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Trump focuses on familiar themes in speech to Farm Bureau convention

Administration moves on trade, tax reform and regulation were touted by President Donald Trump, who also spent considerable time addressing the topic of border security in speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in New Orleans Monday (January 14).

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Day ahead – January 14, 2019: No end in sight for shutdown, Trump, Perdue to address Farm Bureau convention, Chinese soybean imports drop

The partial government shutdown is in its 24th day with no signs that the standoff is going to end soon. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue are set to address the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) convention in New Orleans and Chinese soybean imports dropped in 2018, for the first time in seven years.

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