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·         Ag celebrates bipartisan infrastructure bill signed by Biden

Those in agriculture welcome investment in infrastructure to help keep U.S. agriculture competitive.

 

·         Infrastructure package signed into law

Legislative Watch: Cattle bill to address cash market, transparency; COVID workplace requirement rule on hold.

 

 

Ag celebrates bipartisan infrastructure bill signed by Biden

Those in agriculture welcome investment in infrastructure to help keep U.S. agriculture competitive.

 

Jacqui Fatka, National Hog Farmer

Nov 15, 2021

 

Flanked by members who helped broker the historic infrastructure investment, President Joe Biden signed into law the $1.2 trillion infrastructure investment on Monday, including over $550 billion in new spending. In attendance for the bipartisan signing ceremony were approximately 800 guests including members of Congress, governors, mayors, state and local elected officials, labor leaders, business leaders and other stakeholders.

 

“Too often in Washington – the reason we don’t get things done is because we insist on getting everything we want. With this law, we focused on getting things done,” Biden shares in the event held on the South Lawn of the White House.

 

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act adds $559 billion to the federal government’s average annual investment of $650 billion. For those in rural America, the bill offers $17 billion for ports and waterways, $110 billion for roads and bridges, $66 billion for passenger and freight rail and $65 billion for broadband infrastructure.

 

It also provides provisions to boost ag supply chain resiliency and create a new pilot program to help address the nationwide truck driver shortage. The infrastructure bill also offers relief for livestock haulers as provisions of Sen. Deb Fischer's, R-Neb., HAULS Act were included within the bipartisan infrastructure framework. Livestock haulers are now granted 150 air-miles radius from the origin and destination of their trip. This effectively allows livestock haulers to travel an additional 300 miles while exempt from the restrictive hours-of-service regulations.

 

On August 10, the Senate passed H.R. 3684 with strong bipartisan support – 69 senators supported passaged. Last Friday night, the House of Representatives took up the Senate-passed bill and advanced it in a bipartisan vote of 228-206.

 

Brian Kuehl, executive director of Farmers for Free Trade says the signing marks a turning point for U.S. agriculture’s competitiveness...

 

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Infrastructure package signed into law

Legislative Watch: Cattle bill to address cash market, transparency; COVID workplace requirement rule on hold.

 

P. Scott Shearer, National Hog Farmer

Nov 12, 2021

 

The House of Representatives passed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which includes $550 billion in new spending, with the remainder of the funding extending current programs. This will be the largest investment in infrastructure since the 1950s during the Eisenhower administration.

 

The infrastructure bill, which is one of President Biden's legislative priorities, is expected to be signed into law next week.

 

The bill passed after an agreement was reached among Democrats that the House of Representatives would vote on the Build Back Better bill before Nov. 15. Nineteen Republican members joined all but six Democrats in supporting the bill.

 

The administration estimates the legislation will support 700,000 jobs per year over the next 10 years.

 

The new funding includes $110 billion for roads and bridges, $65 billion to expand broadband access, $17 billion for ports and waterways, $66 billion for passenger and freight rail, $39 billion for public transit (buses, rail cars, stations and track, signals, and power systems), $25 billion for airports, $55 billion for water infrastructure (clean water and replacing lead pipes), and $73 billion for power and grid including grid reliability and resiliency. The legislation also includes $8 billion in funding to create the first federal network of charging stations for electric vehicles.

 

Included in the bill is funding for the locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River, which has been a priority for agricultural and commodity organizations. This is vital to keep U.S. agricultural exports competitive in the international marketplace.

 

In addition, it includes greater flexibility under the current hours-of-service regulations by providing an additional 150 air-mile exemption for livestock haulers on the destination of hauls.

 

A number of agricultural organizations released statements praising the passage of the bill, including the Agricultural Retailers Association, American Farm Bureau Federation, American Soybean Association, Farm Credit Council, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Cattlemen's Beef Association, National Corn Growers Association, and National Farmers Union.

 

Cattle bill to address cash market and transparency ...

 

COVID workplace requirement rule on hold ...

 

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