Washington DC Update

The House and Senate are in recess this week but a ruling by the Senate Parliamentarian on the use of another reconciliation measure is good news for President Biden’s infrastructure proposal and the ability of Senate Democrats to pass the proposal.  A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Read more…

After Identifying Gaps in Previous Aid, USDA Announces ‘Pandemic Assistance for Producers’ to Distribute Resources More Equitably

USDA Reopens Program Sign-Up to a Larger Share of Producers with Plans to Expand Outreach and New Programming WASHINGTON, March 24, 2021 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers, and producers who felt the impact Read more…

Washington DC Update

Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021 Today the House is scheduled to consider H.R.1603, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2021.  Text of the legislation may be found here.  This immigration bill would address legal status of farm workers. Floor consideration of this separate piece of legislation reflects a change Read more…

Washington DC Update

This Thursday, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion COVID economic stimulus package (aka the American Rescue Plan) into law.  The American Rescue Plan (ARP) passed the House and Senate without a single Republican vote. The House had cleared the final version of the bill on Wednesday by a 220-211 vote. Read more…