Tucked deep in the 1,198-page U.S. House agriculture policy legislation is an initiative to guarantee prices for sushi rice. So too is insurance for alfalfa and a marketing plan for Christmas trees.
Catfish farmers also get a morsel in the proposal being taken up this week: profit-margin insurance. The products represent a tiny fraction of the $440 billion U.S. farm economy.
Yet each is slated to receive special treatment — either [...]
House leaders have prepared three bills to deal with the looming “milk cliff” for floor action this week.
The three bills are aimed at preventing a spike in dairy prices looming in the new year.
Because Congress has failed to renew farm programs, an underlying 1949 law is slated to kick in. This would force the government to buy up American milk at inflated prices and the purchases are expected to possibly [...]
House Republican leaders are forging ahead with plans to hold a vote Wednesday on a full repeal of President Obama’s health care law, after launching debate on the repeal measure Tuesday nearly two weeks after the Supreme Court upheld most of the law as constitutional.
Wednesday will mark the chamber’s second vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in full, though this attempt is being given no greater chance of passing [...]
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The prologue to a House floor debate about the repeal of the 2010 health care law got under way in the Rules Committee today, with a Democrat suggesting the House has better things to do and a Republican asking her colleagues to reread George Orwell’s dystopian novel, 1984.
The expedited meeting was called to allow Republicans to move forward with a House floor vote on Wednesday, the 31st such repeal vote. The GOP measure [...]
The House Rules Committee will convene in an emergency meeting on Monday to consider a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, according to a news release.
Last week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office said the vote to repeal the health care law would be set for July 11.
The House on Wednesday evening approved a resolution disapproving of President Obama’s request to increase the debt ceiling by another $1.2 trillion, sending it to a Senate that is expected to reject it.
The House approved the resolution in a 239-176 vote in which just one Republican voted against it, and six Democrats voted for it. But the vote fell far short of the two-thirds majority that would be needed for [...]
By Sam Youngman
The White House on Monday warned President Obama will veto GOP legislation to “Cut, Cap and Balance” spending and the budget.
In a statement of administration policy, the White House Office of Management and Budget labeled the GOP bill as an “empty political statement.”
The House Rules Committee is expected to take up the measure on Monday, and it is likely to receive a floor vote [...]