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Welfare Farming: As noisy scandals whirl about the Obama administration, Congress is quietly putting finishing touches on a $1 trillion farm bill. The truth is, far from being a backstop to troubled family farmers, the U.S. federal farm budget has become a form of crony capitalism for the farm [...]
Failure of the U.S. Congress to pass a farm bill during the last legislative session and apparent apathy from leaders in the House of Representatives to take up the issue anytime soon creates an air of uncertainty and skepticism from farmers and the agricultural industry, according to an agriculture economics professor at Texas Tech University [...]
The giant New Year’s tax package rushed through the Senate Tuesday morning includes a nine-month farm bill extension that forestalls any immediate spike in milk prices but also represents a bitter blow for farmers who had hoped for long-sought changes in the dairy support program.
The upshot is a victory for Southern agricultural interests with [...]
Union members joined progressive allies on November 8 at more than 100 local protests against possible cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The proposed cuts to three of the nation’s most popular safety net programs are on the table as President Obama and Republican Congressional leaders begin negotiations on debt reduction legislation that could [...]
Congress could delay passage of a new five-year farm bill until spring planting given the full plate of legislation needed after the election to avoid a fiscal cliff with its mandatory U.S. budget cuts, a top farm policy expert said on Monday.
The Democrat-controlled Senate passed its version of the bill in June, which would [...]
Shippers on Wednesday failed to convince members of Congress to scrap legislation requiring all containers be scanned overseas before being allowed into U.S. ports.
The “scan all” requirement is set to take effect next month despite the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, along with major shippers, repeatedly telling Congress that [...]
The Wall Street Journal reported that ‘Terence Flynn, a Republican who has served on the five-member board since Jan. 9, after a recess appointment by President Barack Obama, submitted his resignation letter to the president and to NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce on Friday evening, the NLRB said. The brief letter, dated May 25, didn’t [...]
Politico, a major blog about Capitol Hill, took notice of the Panama Canal expansion and published this post this week:
The promise of a Panama Canal expansion has spurred a flurry of legislative pleas and proposals.
Too bad it’s largely hype.
Improvements completed on the canal by 2014 will allow ships twice as big to [...]
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Cowlitz County Sheriff Mark Nelson was fined $250 Thursday for violating state election law last fall in a television commercial opposing the privatization of liquor sales.
Nelson appeared before the state Public Disclosure Commission Thursday in Olympia. The commission unanimously voted to [...]
Feb. 15: Around 400 short-haul truckers working at the Port of Seattle have ended a walkout after two weeks.
Talks between truckers and port leaders will continue, including discussion of safety issues involving the freight-company-owned trucks that the drivers use. Several trucking firms have already agreed to concessions to the truckers, including pay raises, according [...]