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Scott, Thompson agree climate change real, disagree on concern

At the first House Agriculture Committee hearing in this Congress, House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott, D-Ga., and Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson, R-Pa., set the tone for debate on climate change. …

Tai pledges to enforce USMCA, be tough with China

Katherine Tai, President Biden’s nominee for U.S. trade representative, promised that she would push Canada and Mexico to comply with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement on trade and urge Canada to meet its obligations under the phase one trade agreement. …

Minimum wage increase in House bill despite Senate ruling

The Senate parliamentarian ruled Thursday that the proposed increase in the minimum wage doesn’t fit within Senate budget rules, but House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said late Thursday it will be in the American Rescue Plan on which the House will vote. …

Vilsack working remotely, will move to Washington in mid March

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told reporters that he got his second COVID-19 vaccination shot on Thursday in Iowa and that he will work remotely from there until mid March, when he will move to Washington. …

USDA IG: Public reporting possible cases of CFAP fraud

People calling the Agriculture Department’s inspector general hotline have reported more cases of possible fraud in the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program than about fraud in any other USDA program, USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong said. …