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Republican Congress members say USDA abused its authority with SNAP increase

- General News
WASHINGTON—Today, House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer and House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Ranking Member Don Bacon (R-Neb.) wrote Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack about the 27% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

The SF Market hosts Congressman for tour to address food insecurity

- General News
The SF Market – the Bay Area's source for fresh produce, welcomed Congressman James McGovern (D-MA), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, to its Bayview Hunter's Point facility on Thursday, August 19 during the Representative's national listening tour to help advance a comprehensive nationwide plan to end food insecurity in America.

FPAA and TIPA support bipartisan efforts to maintain the standard definitions in 2019 Tomato Suspension Agreement

- General News
The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas and the Texas International Produce Association applaud the efforts of Congressman Vicente Gonzalez in leading a bipartisan letter addressed to the Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, regarding a proposal to reinterpret parts of the 2019 Suspension Agreement on Fresh Tomatoes from Mexico (TSA).

George W. Bush pushes immigration reform

- Analysis
The latest organization to speak out in favor of immigration reform is the George W. Bush Institute. Is there a chance?

FFVA praises Congress members letter to USTR urging trade relief for U.S. growers

- General News
On Wednesday, a bipartisan letter was sent to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai calling for the USTR to work with members of Congress to implement immediate trade relief measures for U.S. producers of seasonal and perishable fruits and vegetables.

Immigration reform no closer to reality

- Analysis
The legislation has some bipartisan support in the House, which will help in the Senate. But it probably won’t be enough.

FPAA credits Congressional effort to help imported produce

- General News
With billions of dollars at stake, the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas commends Senators Sinema (D-AZ) and Moran (R-KS) and Representatives Schweikert (R-AZ) and Cuellar (D-TX) for leading a bipartisan, bicameral letter raising significant concerns with the Trump Administration’s Section 201 investigation on imported blueberries and Section 332 investigations of imported strawberries, bell peppers, squash, and cucumbers.

What’s in the Congressional Covid relief package for agriculture

- General News
Both houses of Congress easily passed a $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill and a $1.4 trillion spending bill that will fund the government through September. President Trump indicated he will sign it.

California produce groups among those to endorse Rep. Costa for Ag Committee chair

- General News
Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16), who announced he will seek the chairmanship of the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture, received key endorsements from 70 agricultural organizations because of his extensive experience and effectiveness in delivering results for American agriculture.

Washington Conference hill visits continue this week

- General News
I talked with Robert Guenther, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, for United Fresh Produce Association about what's ahead for the Washington Conference.