DC Recap


House Floor:

The House of Representatives worked on legislation affecting the financial sector and unemployment this week.  

House Committees:

House Agriculture

On July 1, 2010 that House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research, held a hearing to review the administration and delivery of conservation programs.

On June 30, 2010 the House Agriculture Committee passed legislation to expand U.S. agriculture trade and increase jobs, approving historic legislation that will greatly expand trade of U.S. agriculture products to Cuba.  H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, is a bipartisan bill introduced by Chairman Peterson and co-sponsored by 62 Members of Congress, including Representatives Jerry Moran of Kansas. The bill passed the Committee by a vote of 25-20.

On June 28, 2010 the House Agriculture Committee held a field hearing in Fayetteville, North Carolina to review U.S. agriculture policy, as the Committee begins the process of writing the 2012 Farm Bill. The Agriculture Committee’s Chairman of the Subcommittee on Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialty Crops, and Foreign Agriculture, Congressman Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.) chaired the hearing.  This is the ninth in a series of field hearings scheduled across the country to consider new ideas regarding federal food and farm policy. Four Members of Congress attended today’s hearing and heard testimony from eight witnesses on a variety of farm policy issues.

House Appropriations

On June 30, 2010 the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee held a markup up the FY11 Agricultural Appropriations bill.  They approved this spending bill.

Senate Floor:

Senate consideration to H.R. 4213, the Extenders bill, is still happening but the Senate has turned its attention to H.R. 5297, the Small Business Lending bill.

Senate Committees:

Senate Agriculture

On Wednesday, June 30, 2010, the Senate held its first Farm Bill hearing to review maintaining our domestic food supply through a strong U.S. farm policy.

Administration:

President Obama and South Korea President Lee met during the just concluded G20 meeting in Canada and committed to work to resolve the outstanding issues related to the Korea-US FTA by the next G20 meeting scheduled for November 2010.   According to administration officials, the White House will send the ratifying legislation to Congress in weeks or months following resolution of the issues.

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