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U.S. Legislatitive Issues, Top Stories, Legislative & Regulatory News

The drought gripping the country raises the bar on Congress to get a farm bill done and possibly reinstall some disaster programs that have expired, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said Tuesday.

House leaders have said little about scheduling floor time for the farm bill since it was moved out of committee last week. (DTN photo illustration by Nick Scalise)The extensive drought conditions will require lawmakers in conference negotiations to revisit the Supplemental Revenue Assistance Program, or SURE, that expired last September. Read More...

U.S. Legislatitive Issues, Top Stories, Legislative & Regulatory News

In a letter date July 12th, the letter expressed strong opposition to the latest House and Senate version of the so-called DISCLOSE 2012 Act, S. 3369 and H.R. 4010, which both the Senate and House may consider in the coming days.

This legislation, like its predecessors in the 111th and 112th Congresses, is designed to chill the political speech of corporations, business interests, and others, while giving labor unions special protections. The bills do not propose genuine reform—the disclosure requirements are transparently political and ultimately
unconstitutional. Read More...

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Without even a committee markup, the House farm bill has caused intraparty tensions to flare up among both Democrats and Republicans, who are primarily squabbling over how much money should be allotted for food stamps.

So it is no small wonder that House leaders have been reticent to bring the bill to the floor. Nonetheless, all eyes are on what could be a marathon Agriculture Committee markup today to determine the way forward. Read More...

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For states struggling in the troubled economy, this could mean $23 billion in new revenue each year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Had online retailers collected sales tax this year, Virginia would have added nearly $423 million to its coffers, while Maryland would have seen $376 million and the District $72 million, the group said.

The movement in state capitals is driving newfound support for a proposed bill in Congress that could make collection of sales tax a standard practice on the Web, no matter where a consumer logs in to shop. Read More...

U.S. Legislatitive Issues, Top Stories, Legislative & Regulatory News

The House Agriculture Committee released draft language detailing $35 billion in savings over 10 years in its bill, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act, or "FARRM," which the committee will markup July 11. The bill comes after the Senate passed its version of the bill June 21, which is dubbed the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act.

Many of the provisions throughout the House bill are comparable to those in the Senate legislation, which partly stems from work the two agriculture committees did last fall in the failed supercommittee talks. Read More...

U.S. Legislatitive Issues, Legislative & Regulatory News

Congress is currently considering legislation to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia. Approval of PNTR with Russia will greatly boost U.S. exports, create tens of thousands of American jobs, and is one of the U.S. Chamber's top trade priority before Congress this year. As part of the Chamber's efforts, NAEDA has signed on to a Chamber coalition letter stressing how important Russia's graduation from Jackson-Vanik is to the American business community. As the 11th largest economy in the world, Russia presents a huge opportunity to increase U.S. agricultural and other exports and create American jobs.

Additional signatories are still being collected for the letter. The final letter will be available on NAEDA's Web site when it is sent to Congress later in June. Read More...

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Social media is all about building relationships, a key component in NAEDA’s mission to forge a partnership between dealers, farmers and consumers. It is based upon something NAEDA has been doing for generations; having conversations. Social media is nothing more than the conversations we are having online and the tools used to enhance them. This includes Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as starters.  Read More...

U.S. Legislatitive Issues, Legislative & Regulatory News
NAEDA joined 80 other companies and associations on a letter to the House and Senate leadership asking for immediate action on two bipartisan companion bills: H.R. 4196, a bill introduced by Congressmen Tiberi, Larson, Paulsen, Neal, Marchant, and Pascrell and S. 2240, introduced by Senators Stabenow, Blunt, Brown (OH) and Roberts.  Read More...
U.S. Legislatitive Issues, Government News

The Senate has approved legislation that would reauthorize the Export-Import Bank after rejecting five Republicans amendments, including a proposal to shut down the bank.

The bill was approved 78-20 — with all 20 “no” votes cast by Republicans — and now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. The House passed the measure last week 330-93. Read More...

U.S. Legislatitive Issues, Legislative & Regulatory News
A Congressional Budget Office report released by Senate Energy Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) asserts that having less flexibility in the choice of fuels contributes to the volatility of prices for transportation fuels. "A substantial amount of oil is produced in countries that are vulnerable to disruptions resulting from geopolitical, military, or civil developments, and few countries other than Saudi Arabia have much spare production capacity in the near term to offset such disruptions," the CBO report states. "In contrast, the U.S. markets for natural gas, coal, nuclear power, and renewable energy either are less prone to long-term disruptions or have significant spare production and storage capacity."  Read More...
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