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Federal Legislative Update
In recent weeks, President Biden released his proposed
budget for FY 2023 spending. The release of the President's
budget kicks off a months long process in which Congress
will create and pass twelve appropriations bills to fund the
federal government. It is important to note, in recent years
Congress has struggled to complete the appropriations
process by September 30th, the end of the federal fiscal
year, often taking many months more to complete the
appropriations process.
In his budget, President Biden calls for a 9% increase in
funding for the United States Department of Agriculture,
with a substantial portion of that increase going towards
agricultural research, conservation technical assistance, and
rural broadband expansion. The budget also earmarks $1.8
billion for climate-related programs. Though an important
step in the process, the release of the President's proposed
budget is considered more of a " wish list, " and any final
spending bill passed by Congress will differ significantly.
Going forward, congressional offices are asking
constituents to submit specific appropriations requests.
CAWG is working with its lobbying team at Cornerstone
Government Affairs to submit funding priorities for the
appropriations process. CAWG's priorities include increased
funding the U.S. Department of Agriculture to research
effective responses for wildfire smoke, to continue the
exemption for winegrapes, which are rarely consumed raw,
from being regulated under the Food Safety Modernization
Act, and to fund ongoing control efforts for Glassy Winged
Sharpshooter and Pierce's disease.
Congress has also started planning for reauthorization
of the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill. In the House
of Representatives, hearings have focused on
urban agriculture and specialty crops, as well as
international trade and tariffs. Lawmakers on the
House Ways and Means Committee grilled United
States Trade Representative Katherine Tai on future
trade priorities, as well as the lack of new bilateral
trade deals. Republicans and Democrats showed
unanimous support in creating more secure trade
policies, remaining competitive in global markets, and
addressing rising inflation challenges while taking steps
to improve the U.S. economy.
Looming large in Washington, DC is the continuing Ukraine/
Russia conflict. President Biden announced a new round
of sanctions along with
other Western countries
designed to block
Russia's access to foreign
currency reserves.
This move may force
Russia to try to pay its
debt obligations with
rubles or not at all, and
could push the country
towards a major default.
Finally, Congress is
still trying to push a
China competition bill
across the finish line.
Earlier this year, the House passed a $350 billion America
Creating Opportunities for Manufacturing, Pre-Eminence
in Technology, and Economic Strength Act (America
COMPETES Act). In late March, the Senate passed its version
of the America COMPETES Act, setting the stage for the
House and Senate to negotiate the differences between
the bills. Final passage of the bill is expected sometime
this summer, which will bolster investment in domestic
manufacturing, increase funding for scientific research
and development, and make significant trade policy
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