Food, Fuel, Fertilizer Press Congress
House Democrats and GOP Offer Split Agendas for Ag Inflationary Challenges
By Chris Clayton, DTN/Progressive Farmer
OMAHA (DTN) -- As inflation continues to exact a toll on Americans, rural Republicans in Congress are laying the blame on the Biden administration's regulatory policies and making the case that farmers and rural America would be better off with their agenda by dialing back on the regulatory burden.
The GOP moves come as the House is close to voting Thursday on H.R. 7606, the "Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act," a bill that House Democrats maintain would help with food, energy and fertilizer costs. That bill would ensure E15 continues year-round and would install a special investigator at USDA to investigate competition issues in the meatpacking industry. The bill also would promote precision agriculture by using USDA conservation programs to help reduce the costs for farmers to buy precision technology and get technical assistance to help reduce fertilizer usage.
"This bill is not about scoring political points," said Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., who has spearheaded H.R. 7606. "It's about trying to bring down the cost of living for the American people and putting our ideas on the table."
Both parties held dueling press conferences Wednesday in Washington to stress their bills and argue they are trying to address inflation while the other party complains.
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