House Majority Leader Weekly Guidance
THE FARM BILL
On Friday, the House will vote on the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2). This bill works to provide certainty for America’s farmers and ranchers in a fiscally responsible way.
Farm Policy: This bill reauthorizes and strengthens the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) options through 2023.
Nutrition: This measure provides historic investments in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). It streamlines, strengthens, and pairs current work requirements with opportunities best suited for each individual person including participating in a fully-funded, guaranteed Employment & Training (E&T) slot.
Trade: This measure provides a strengthened safety net and restores funding for vital tools for trade development.
Regulatory reform: The farm bill streamlines and reduces regulatory burdens so farmers and ranchers can safely and most-efficiently succeed.
Infrastructure: This bill supports the current and long-term development of rural broadband.
Opioids: This measure provides the secretary of agriculture the authority to prioritize projects that help communities meet the challenges of the opioid crisis.
More on the bill available here.
FOR OUR NATION’S BRAVEST
(Leader McCarthy last week with a Bakersfield veteran visiting the Capitol in D.C. with Honor Flight)
We take our promise to support America’s over 21 million veterans seriously. On Wednesday, the House will vote on the MISSION Act (H.R 5674).
Provides access to the care our veterans have earned
Streamlines duplicative community care programs into one cohesive program
Funds the Choice Program, which is slated to run out of funding as soon as Memorial Day
Creates a non-partisan process for reviewing Veterans’ Affairs assets and expands the VA’s post-9/11 caregiver program to veterans of all eras
Wednesday, May 16 à Member Day at the Veterans Affairs Committee: Testimony and Proposals on the Department of Veterans Affairs
This week, the House will vote on a number of measures to support our nations over 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers.
On Wednesday, the House will vote on the Protect and Serve Act (H.R. 5698). This bill will increase penalties for those who knowingly cause or attempt to cause significant bodily injury to any law enforcement officer.
STAT LINE: In 2016, ambush-style killings had risen by 250 percent from the year before and hit the highest level in ten years.
ANTI-OPIOID WORK CONTINUES
On Thursday, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing à A Sustainable Solution to the Evolving Opioid Crisis: Revitalizing the Office of National Drug Control Policy
ICYMI: The Energy and Commerce Committee released a video series “Personal Stories from the Opioid Crisis”
More committee activity for the week of May 14 can be found here.