This week, the House will take up their version of Farm Bill reauthorization when they begin debate on the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management (FARRM) Act of 2013, HR 1947. NARC recently sent a Member release asking members to contact their Congressional delegation in support of amendments to provide much-needed technical policy changes to key [...]
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The U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that the Department received 568 applications for 2013 TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) grant soliciation, showing a continued strong demand for the program. The number of applications surpassed the available funding with more than $9 billion in requests, competing for the $474 million available for the program. The Department [...]
Late last night, the Senate voted 66-27 to pass its version of the Farm Bill. The Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (S 954), which reauthorizes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) activities for five years, would reduce current spending levels by $23 billion. This is significantly less than the nearly $40 billion in cuts [...]
The Senate could vote on final passage for a Farm Bill as early as Thursday or Monday after Majority Leader Reid filed cloture Tuesday night limiting debate on the measure. Stalled negotiations around the number of amendments allowed on the floor, coupled with a shortened Senate workweek prompted the procedural maneuver. The House is expected [...]
Last week Sen. Bernie Sanders, introduced legislation to reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965 (S 1028), which expired in 2011. The measure currently has 14 co-sponsors, but no Republican support. Sanders introduced a bill half the size last year’s proposal in an effort to focus on reauthorizing provisions with widespread agreement. The legislation also [...]