Nassif in DC for Immigration Meetings
2013 July 16.
With the urgent need for the House to act on immigration reform, Tom Nassif returned to Washington this week for several meetings in the House and Senate, urging action.
Today, he met with the House Majority Leader, Eric Cantor and emphasized the need for the House to act, particularly as it relates to agriculture. He also had the opportunity to sit down with Congressman Paul Ryan, who has been an active participant in bi-partisan immigration talks underway in the House. With both these meetings, Nassif underscored that the House doing nothing is not an option, and agriculture is supportive of the House working its will but that must result in legislation passing the House.
Nassif along with other conservative leaders from the Business and Faith communities also met with the Senate Gang of 8 (Senators Schumer, Durbin, Menendez, Bennet, McCain, Graham, Rubio, and Flake) to discuss outreach and strategy to move legislation with the House.
Nassif also met with Rep. Costa and in addition to discussing Democrat support for however the House proceeds on immigration, also discussed the CA water crisis and challenges we are facing with Affordable Care Act implementation.
FDA Releases New Resources on the Proposed Produce Safety Rule
2013 July 16.
FDA continues to release information intended to help communicate and clarify rules that have been proposed for the fresh produce industry under the new Food Safety Modernization Act.
U.S. House Splits Ag from Feeding Programs: Passes New Ag-Only Farm Bill
2013 July 11.
Republicans in the U.S House of Representatives made a bold and risky move this week to divide food stamp funding/nutrition from farm programs in a new farm bill, H.R. 2642. Today, representatives argued, in a very passionate debate at times, the merits of splitting the farm bill in two. After hours of extended debate, the House passed a split farm bill 216-208 with 10+ members not present/voting.
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