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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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