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Washington Weekly: United States, Canada and Mexico Agree to Trade Pact; 2014 Farm Bill Expires; Kavanaugh Hearings Raise Stakes for Senate Elections

Oct 02, 2018

Washington Weekly is IDFA’s update curating policy news from the nation’s capital. This week the 2014 Farm Bill expired, but most major programs, such as those for nutrition and crop insurance, are not due to expire until Dec. 31. Developments in the confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee, raise the stakes for upcoming Senate elections, and the United States, Canada and Mexico released the text of its trilateral agreement.

US Administration Concludes New Trade Agreement with Canada, Mexico

Negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico on Monday released the text of a new trilateral agreement that would replace NAFTA, called the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA. It preserves U.S. dairy’s market access in Mexico, improves dairy market access in Canada and eliminates Canada’s Class 7 pricing system. Read more here.

IDFA Insight, Trade Priorities Gain News Coverage

Several outlets covering Washington news turned to IDFA for perspective on the dairy provisions included in the new trade agreement. Michael Dykes, D.V.M., IDFA president and CEO, shared his insights with reporters at The Hill and Reuters, as well as POLITICO PRO, which is a subscription-only service.

Five things to know about Trump's new NAFTA” (The Hill)

ANALYST VIEW 3-In Trump win, Canada, U.S. deal saves NAFTA as trilateral pact” (Reuters)

Read IDFA’s joint press release with the National Milk Producers Federation and the U.S. Dairy Export Council here.

Current Farm Bill Expires

The 2014 Farm Bill expired on Sunday after congressional agricultural leaders could not reach an agreement on key issues involving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and other commodity programs. Most major programs, such as nutrition and crop insurance programs, are not due to expire until Dec. 31. However, there are 39 so-called “orphan programs” that have funding authorization tied exclusively to the 2014 Farm Bill. Read more here.

Kavanaugh Hearings Raise Stakes for Senate Elections

The stakes are rising for candidates looking to gain ground in the upcoming Senate elections. Millions across the nation closely tracked developments in the Senate-conducted confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a Supreme Court nominee. At the same time, Pew Research Center polling revealed that the Supreme Court has now become the most important issue to voters this year. Read more here.

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