Washington Week Ahead: Biden releases new budget | 2022-03-25

President Joe Biden will release his budget for fiscal year 2023 on Monday, just six months before the start of the new fiscal year, as Senate leaders seek a way to quickly pass a bill aimed at easing government bottlenecks. port bottlenecks.

In the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will answer questions about Biden’s trade policy during a hearing on Thursday. Last week, Tai downplayed the significance of the new trade deals, calling them “a tool of the 20th century.”

Also on Thursday, the USDA will provide the first survey-based data on what farmers are likely to plant this spring with the release of the annual Prospective Planting Report. US grain and oilseed production is particularly critical this year with the crisis in Ukraine.

Release of the president’s annual budget request, which sets out his priorities for “discretionary” spending programs whose spending is set by annual appropriation bills, allows lawmakers to move forward in crafting legislation on expenditure for the coming year.

Congress did not complete work on fiscal year 22 spending legislation until March 10. The FY22 agricultural portion of the bill that funds the USDA, Food and Drug Administration and Commodity Futures Trading Commission totaled $25.1 billion, a 6% increase from the fiscal year 21.

The White House has kept most details of its FY23 plan under wraps, but Republicans are likely to immediately criticize Biden’s proposed defense budget, which would provide a 4% raise, less than the rate of inflation over the past year.

No White House budget “since I’ve been in Congress, which is more than you’ve been through here on earth, has ever passed.” It’s a starting point,” senior Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Richard Shelby of Alabama, told reporters last week.

Shelby wouldn’t comment directly on the defense request, but said Russian President Vladimir Putin “has created a more dangerous world than we thought six months ago.”

Meanwhile, the Shipping Reform Act could see accelerated movement as a stand-alone measure as early as this week, according to Senate Minority Whip John Thune, RS.D. Thune said Agri Pulse the bill was subject to a “hotline”, a process of surveying senators to see what objections they might have to proposing the bill.

Assuming the bill cannot pass by unanimous consent, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., could still move the bill forward relatively quickly via a time agreement that would limit the time spent on amendments, said Coin, which is the bill. lead sponsor of the GOP.

Thune said the House would likely approve the bill without changes once it passes the Senate.

The House version is notably more prescriptive than the Senate’s, but both seek to end the practice of ships leaving the port empty and leaving U.S. agricultural exports in the docks.

The Senate will also have a busy week to continue to navigate procedural hurdles on sprawling legislation aimed at increasing US competitiveness with China. The bill is heading to a conference committee with the House.

Schumer wants to swap the text of the America COMPETES Act passed by the House with the language of the United States Innovation and Competition Act passed by the Senate and pass it. The amended legislation would then be sent back to the House, which would have to either accept the Senate legislation or send the bill to a conference committee to negotiate a compromise version.

The House COMPETES bill, while similar in some ways to the USICA of the Senate, has some important differences. Notably, the House included OSRA in the package, while the Senate did not. The House bill also includes adjustments to the Generalized System of Preferences and Trade Adjustment Assistance programs. The GSP expired last year and the TAA will expire later this year.

In the House, COMPETES adopted partisan lines with a vote of 222 to 210. USICA passed with a bipartisan majority in the Senate with a vote of 68 to 32.

Meanwhile, the House Agriculture Committee will continue its preparation for the next farm bill this week with a hearing on horticulture and urban agriculture. Previous hearings have focused on commodity and conservation programs and what the USDA can do to fight climate change.

Here’s a list of agriculture- or rural-related events scheduled for this week in Washington and elsewhere (all times EDT):

Monday, March 28 th

Washington Organic Weekuntil Wednesday, InterContinental at the Wharf.

1:30 p.m. — The Brookings Institution holds a online seminar on the future of regulation at the Supreme Court.

Tuesday 29 March

9 a.m. — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will speak at the Heritage Foundation on Russia’s war with Ukraine and China’s threat to the United States

10 a.m. – House Farm Appropriations Subcommittee audience with the USDA Inspector General.

10 a.m. — House Agriculture Subcommittee audience“A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Horticulture and Urban Agriculture”, 1300 Longworth.

10 a.m. — The American Enterprise Institute is hosting a Event on the past, present and future of US-China relations.

10 a.m. — The Environmental Law Institute is organizing a online seminar on the use of data analytics in environmental compliance and enforcement.

Wednesday March 30

1:00 p.m. — Resources for the Future will host Event on the use of retrospective analysis to improve federal environmental regulations.

1:45 p.m. — Senate Committee on Small Business audience“The Supply Chain Crisis and Implications for Small Business”, 215 Dirksen.

Thursday, March 31st

8:30 a.m. – USDA Publications Weekly export sales report.

10 a.m. — House of Agriculture audience on the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, 1300 Longworth.

10 a.m. — The Washington International Trade Association will hold Event on the new sanctions against Russia and what they mean for the multilateral trading system.

10:30 a.m. – House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing, “Connecting America: Oversight of the FCC,” 2123 Rayburn.

Noon – USDA releases annually Prospective plantations and quarterly Grain stocks reports.

friday april 1st

9:30 a.m. — House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis audience“America’s Natural Solutions: The Climate Benefits of Investing in Healthy Ecosystems”, HVC-210.

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