Wyden, Others, Call For Better Pay For Firefighters

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is calling on Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to establish a special pay rate for federal wildland firefighters. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said such a move would help avert critical staffing shortages ahead of the 2022 fire season. Lawmakers sent a letter this week, saying years […]

NW Lawmakers Call For Improved Transparency From USTR

On Tuesday, a Bipartisan group of Senate Finance Committee Members called on the U.S. Trade Representative for improve transparency. Led by Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden, of Oregon, and Ranking Member, Idaho’s, Mike Crapo, and New Jersey senator Bob Menendez, the lawmakers sent a letter to the U.S. Trade Representative asking the office to […]

Senate Ag Leaders Ask Biden to Fill USDA Vacancies

Senators Debbie Stabenow, Chair of the Senate Ag Committee, Ranking Member John Boozman and Idaho’s Mike Crapo are asking President Biden to quickly fill vacancies at USDA. They say filling the open positions can help increase trade opportunities for American agriculture. In a letter sent to the White House, the leaders ask Biden to quickly […]

Democrats, Republicans Push Administration For Additional Trade Deals

The Biden Administration and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai have come under fire from lawmakers of both parties in Congress for not pursuing free trade agreements. Washington’s Maria Cantwell, member of the Senate Finance Committee, told Ambassador Tai that farmers in the Evergreen state want free trade deals. “They want to know that we are […]

McMorris Rodgers, Risch Question Federal Agencies Looking At Snake River Dam Removal

On Tuesday, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Idaho senator Jim Risch sent a series of letters to ten federal agencies involved in looking at plans to breach the Lower Snake River dams. The agencies, which include NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, USDA, Department of Transportation and others, are participating the […]

Future of Build Back Better Still A Question

The centerpiece of President Biden’s agenda is set to take center-stage in the Senate. This comes with less than two weeks remaining before Democrats’ self-imposed Christmas deadline to pass the almost $2 trillion social spending and climate bill known as Build Back Better. Democrats say the bill will help with inflation by reducing costs for […]

Ag Groups: Tax Proposals Risk Future of American Farms

The American Farm Bureau Federation, 46 state Farm Bureaus, and 280 organizations representing family-owned agribusinesses recently sent a letter to Congressional leaders regarding tax policies and the impact they will have on the farming sector. The letter asks lawmakers to leave important tax policies in place as they draft legislation implementing President Biden’s “Build Back […]

Tai Addresses Trade Concerns Of Congressional Leaders

Trade took center stage in Washington D.C Wednesday. U.S. Trade Ambassador Katherine Tai pushed back on Republican claims that new trade deals are on the back burner in the Biden Administration. Challenged by top Finance Republican Idaho’s Mike Crapo that the Administration has put trade deals with the U.K. and Kenya on the back Burner, […]

Mexico Supreme Court Overturns Ban On Fresh U.S. Potatoes

Earlier this week, the Mexican Supreme Court overturned a 2017 lower court decision that prevented fresh U.S. potatoes from entering the country. Wednesday’s unanimous ruling, marks the end of a decade-long legal process that began when Mexico’s potato industry sued its government to prevent competition from imports. Since it first allowed for the importation of […]

Idaho Delegation Calls for States To Manage Yellowstone Grizzlies

Idaho’s congressional delegation, senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo as well as representatives Mike Simpson and Russ Fulcher, recently joined their peers from Montana and Wyoming calling on Interior Secretary Deb Haaland to return the Yellowstone grizzly bear population to state management. The call cites a recent U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service study saying the […]