House, Senate reach deal on #MeToo legislation

13 December, 2018, 23:18 | Author: Frank Williams
  • Congress Passed the 2018 Farm Bill Legalizing Hemp. What’s for Cannabis Businesses

16th District Congressman Adam Kinzinger says, "This legislation is a big win for the 16th District of IL and marks the first time since 2002 that a new Farm Bill will be enacted in the same year that the old one expired".

Green Mountain CBD grows hemp in a field in Hardwick.

It was narrowly passed after some backlash, 206-203. This year's farm bill extends that support to the dairy industry, which has been struggling with low milk prices, and to second-tier crops, such as barley, which can be used to feed livestock or as a cover crop during the winter - a nod to growing concerns about soil degradation from traditional farming.

A provision within the proposed rules prevents lawmakers from forcing a vote for the rest of the year on any resolution that attempts to cut off support for Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

Still, the bill has faced criticism, including from conservative Republicans. Sen.

House Democrats walked away from negotiations on the farm bill earlier this year over the SNAP controversy, and even Senate Republicans signaled that they did not want to make substantive changes to the farm bill's nutrition program. It is now headed to the desk of President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.

Thune said that of the legislation he's worked on, those dealing with agriculture, such as this farm bill, are some of the most important. "It gives us some hope" that the U.S. can begin to make up for the potential loss of Chinese markets.

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The full text of the farm bill was released Monday night.

The Farm Bill comes after months of bipartisan discussions to draft a final version of the legislation. John Hoeven said in a statement.

Thune called said the bill package was "literally two years in the making", adding, "While there were significant policy differences between the House and Senate bills, it's good to see negotiators [.] were able to reach an agreement". Thune said the bill heavily emphasizes crop insurance.

"Obviously, every farm bill represents kind of a consensus, but this was a very pro-agriculture, pro-farmer farm bill, and that was our goal from the very beginning", Thune told The Daily Republic via phone on Wednesday. The legislation will give a boost to farmers harmed by Trump's trade wars, especially with China.

"The farm bill is moving along nicely", Trump said during the meeting. Tim Walz, Minnesota's Democratic governor-elect and member of the House Agriculture Committee, did not vote, nor did U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, the state's Democratic attorney general-elect. Most of the money goes to keep people from going hungry (think food stamps), another huge chunk of change subsidizes farmers, and then there's a big grab bag of conservation, research, and environmental improvement programs.

Under the terms of the compromise announced Wednesday, members of Congress would be held personally liable for sexual harassment and retaliation settlements, requiring them to reimburse the Treasury.

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