Monthly Archives: June 2018

House Votes Down Second Immigration Reform Bill

A compromise immigration bill that would have created a pathway to citizenship for some young immigrants, provided $25 billion for a boarder wall with Mexico, and other security measures, has failed to pass the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would have also prevented children from being separated from their parents at the border, an […]

Proposal Would Move Food Regulation To USDA

As part of a proposal to reorganize several federal agencies, the Trump Administration has recommended that food-safety regulatory oversight be shifted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), combining the agency’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) with the current food purview of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The proposed USDA agency, the Federal Food […]

House Vote On “Compromise” Immigration Bill Delayed Until Next Week

After a vote on the more conservative of two GOP immigration proposals failed Thursday, a vote on the more moderate “compromise” bill was pushed off to Friday — and then to next week. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, said Thursday evening that more issues need to be worked out before the House takes up […]

House Rejects Goodlatte Immigration Measure

The House has rejected a conservative immigration bill, called Securing America’s Future Act and sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), in a 193-231 vote.  The bill offered three-year temporary protective status to so-called DREAMers, who have benefited from the constitutionally questionable Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.  It would have also replaced the H-2A guestworker […]

Tariffs Good For Iron Ore Mining, Bad For Food Processors

Listen to MWFPA President Nick George’s interview on Wisconsin Public Radio regarding the impact of the Trump Administration’s escalation of the imposition of tariffs. To read a summary of the program, click here.  If you choose to listen to the audio recording, Nick’s portion of the program begins at 30:36 and lasts approximately 8 minutes. […]

Ryan, Republicans Release Draft Compromise Immigration Bill

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Republicans have released a first draft of their new “compromise” immigration bill, the “Border Security and Immigration Reform Act.” The proposal provides a pathway to citizenship for young unauthorized immigrants known as DREAMers.  It also contains $25 billion to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico, […]

House To Vote Next Week On Two Immigration Bills

Republican leadership announced that it would bring two immigration bills to the floor for a vote next week to address the legal status of people brought to the U.S. as children and other matters. One is a conservative proposal (H.R.4760) drafted by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) that would replace the H-2A guestworker program […]

Senate Unveils Farm Bill, Stricter SNAP Work Rules Not Included

The Senate Agriculture Committee unveiled its version of the farm bill Friday. The Senate version leaves out stricter work requirements for adults in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a provision in the House bill that was met by backlash from Democrats. The current farm bill expires Sept. 30. This draft was hammered out by […]