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Pruitt Hears Feedback on WOTUS; U.S./Mexico Potato Relationship
**Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt met with farmers, elected officials, and ag industry leaders last week to hear feedback on re-writing the Waters of the U.S. Rule under the Clean Water Act.
The controversial rule has been put on hold by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals whi…
Ban on Chinese Chicken Imports; Precision Ag Data
**The USDA continues to move forward on lifting the U.S. ban on Chinese chicken, undaunted by legislation that some say is a threat to the efforts wrapped into last week’s U.S.-China Comprehensive Dialogue.
A key item in that conference was China’s agreement to lift it…
Subcommittee Rejects Trump Ag Cuts; China Beef Celebration
**The House Appropriations Committee’s agriculture and energy subcommittees approved bills that reject most of the cuts sought by President Trump.
The bill approved by the panel’s ag subcommittee would still cut discretionary spending at USDA, the Food and Drug Adminis…
Initiative Proposed to Ban Heroin Safe-injection Sites
SEATTLE (AP) — A suburban Seattle city council member has announced an initiative to ban safe-injection sites in King County for heroin and other drugs.
The Seattle Times reports the proposed initiative announced Thursday requires signatures from 47,443 valid county voters to qualify for the No…
Distracted Driving Bill Clears Washington House
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state House has approved a measure that would ban holding handheld devices while driving.
The measure passed the Democratic-controlled chamber on a 63-35 vote Wednesday. It now heads back to the Republican-controlled Senate for concurrence on some changes ma…
China U.S. Beef Ban; Perdue Vote Set for April 24
**Six months after China announced its intention to lift its ban on U.S. beef, the two countries remain far apart.
Hopes are high that President Trump will be able to break the logjam when he meets today with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Florida, but even if the two agree, there’s …
9th Circuit Judges to Congress: Leave Us Alone
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three federal judges are asking Congress not to break up the vast, San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, a longtime target of Republicans and a recent foe of President Donald Trump.
The 9th Circuit in February refused to immediately reinstate Trump's ban on traveler…

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