posted on November 8, 2013 at 12:13 PM
RENO, Nev. (AP) — More than 200 biologists, ecologists and other scientists are urging Congress to defeat legislation they say would destroy critical wildlife habitat by setting aside U.S. environmental laws to speed logging of burned trees...
posted on November 1, 2013 at 5:24 PM
The Farm Bill entered a phase not seen in years this week, as the gavel fell to open the conference committee. The 41-members come from both chambers and spent most of the initial session delivering prepared remarks about their hopes for the Farm...
posted on November 1, 2013 at 10:47 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 47 million Americans who receive food stamps will see their benefits go down starting Friday, just as Congress begins negotiations on further cuts to the program.Beginning in November, a temporary benefit from...
posted on October 25, 2013 at 6:01 PM
As Congress gets back to the business of governing, rural advocates are hoping a bipartisan conference committee is a sign of progress for legislation that has languished for years.
posted on October 18, 2013 at 6:41 PM
The deal approved late Wednesday by Congress, and signed into law by President Obama reopens the federal government through Jan. 15 and permits the Treasury to add to America’s cavernous 16.7 trillion debt – but only through Feb. 7.
posted on October 18, 2013 at 6:40 PM
Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she's optimistic that Congress will pass a farm bill this year.
posted on October 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM
Farmers and livestock producers use the Agriculture Department reports to make decisions on everything from which crops to plant to how and when to market their goods.
posted on August 16, 2013 at 3:14 PM
The proposals were aimed at influencing the debate on immigration, with Congress on a five-week summer recess and Senate-passed immigration legislation stalled in the GOP-controlled House.
posted on August 9, 2013 at 5:54 PM
Government data show about 2 million Illinois residents receive food stamps.
posted on June 21, 2013 at 12:08 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House's broad rejection of a massive farm bill could signal a shift in the way Congress views agriculture policy.
Farm issues once had enormous clout on Capitol Hill, but the healthy agriculture economy and an increased...
posted on May 24, 2013 at 3:27 PM
House Republicans say the bill is needed to ensure the long-delayed pipeline is built.
posted on May 17, 2013 at 2:13 PM
The Senate on Wednesday put aside its partisan differences to extend the federal government's main water resources law, which promotes investment in port improvements, flood protection, dam and levee projects and environmental restoration.
posted on April 16, 2013 at 10:51 AM
The ongoing budget battle in Washington ramped up this week as President Obama sent Congress his $3.8 trillion spending request for fiscal year 2014. Seeking common ground with Republicans, the president’s plan aims to reduce the federal debt...
posted on April 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM
Lawmakers mull immigration reforms in hopes of keeping a steady supply of labor in the fields.
posted on March 22, 2013 at 4:07 PM
With the prospect of a government shutdown looming, the Senate approved legislation Wednesday to secure $85 billion in less-than-favored spending cuts intended to rein-in excessive federal deficits.
Reworking the across-the-board cuts,...