Will Canada go After U.S. Lumber and Jobs?-Staff Briefing

Trade relations between the U.S. and Canada have taken center stage this year. And after recent events, Prime Minister Trudeau has made clear that Canada “will not be pushed around.” With so many factors at play— Section 232 tariffs, NAFTA, Softwood Lumber
Agreement— many are wondering: will Canada retaliate against U.S. mills?

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TODAY: Roundtable on Illicit Trade

Sending Office: Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) Sent By: Jordan.Warlick@mail.house.gov     TODAY: Roundtable on Illicit Trade: 6/21/2018 1:00:00 PM – 6/21/2018 4:00:00 PM Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485

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Cosponsor the Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act

Please join me in cosponsoring the Marijuana in Federally Assisted Housing Parity Act (H.R. 6152).  This bill would permit the use of marijuana in federally assisted housing, including public housing and the Section 8 housing program, in compliance with
the marijuana laws of the state where the property is located.

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COSPONSOR THE TITLE VIII NURSING WORKFORCE REAUTHORIZATION ACT

Sending Office: Honorable Tulsi Gabbard Sent By: Peyton.Weber@mail.house.gov         Request for Cosponsor(s) Current Cosponsors: Joyce*, Matsui*, Davis*, Bonamici*, Meehan*, Castor*, Gabbard*, Walz, Lipinski, Blumenauer, Loebsack, Eshoo, David Young, DeFazio, Higgins, Jackson Lee, Garamendi, Don Young, Pocan, Napolitano, Capuano, Roybal-Allard, Engel, Jenkins, McKinley, Murphy, Shea-Porter, Courtney, Beatty, Takano, Pingree, Yarmuth, Rogers, Delaney, Aguilar, […]

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ICYMI: GAO Report on Farm Subsidy Abuse

While the House prepares to vote, once again, on a Farm Bill that expands loopholes for farm subsidies, last month GAO
released a report highlighting just how much taxpayer-funded farm subsidies are at risk of being abused. The GAO report highlights that in 2015:

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Become an Original Cosponsor of the AG RESEARCH Act

Agriculture plays a vital role in our economy. In 2015, agriculture and related industries contributed $992 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (5.5 percent total GDP) and provided 21 million jobs (11 percent of total U.S. employment).  However, when
it comes to schools of agriculture, recent reports have shed light on the critical infrastructure needs all across the nation. One study, supported by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and published by Sightlines, LLC in October
2015 estimated that the deferred maintenance backlog at schools of agriculture totaled $8.4 billion. Each year USDA provides over $1.5 billion in research funding to schools of agriculture. Despite investing in agricultural research and development, federal
funds have not recently been made available for infrastructure needs. According to the Sightlines study, 80 percent of schools of agriculture are making infrastructure investments below what is required to stabilize or reduce the maintenance backlog.
The AG RESEARCH Act deals with the problem of the deferred maintenance backlog in two ways. The bill establishes within the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) a 1- to-1 matching competitive grant to schools of agriculture for altering, modernizing,
renovating, or remodeling research facilities and equipment-with priority given to projects that are shovel-ready or incorporate renewable energy or energy/water-efficient technologies.
The bill also authorizes the use of Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funds for maintenance of ARS research facilities-with priority given to the most critical projects as indicated in the ARS Capital Investment Strategy.
Join us in helping to improve the infrastructure of our schools of agriculture to insure that research done for one of the pivotal pillars of our economy remains viable, cutting-edge, and helpful. If you would like to join as a cosponsor or for more information,
please contact Dave Chun at Dave.Chun@mail.house.gov.
 

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