Senate has no appetite for House funding bill – September 19, 2023

Senate has no appetite for House funding bill

House Republicans wrote a one-sided, “slapdash and reckless” bill to keep the government running after Sept. 30, said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Monday. House passage of the GOP package, which called for an 8 percent cut in discretionary spending from current levels with an exemption for the military and veterans, was not certain since some Republican lawmakers spoke against it.

States underfunding Black land-grant colleges

Two members of the Biden cabinet called on 16 states to provide more equitable funding to the historically Black land-grant universities that were established under the so-called Second Morrill Act of 1890. “The longstanding and ongoing underinvestment…disadvantages the students, faculty, and community” surrounding the schools, wrote Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in letters to each of the governors.


U.S. cattle imports surge: In the first half of this year, U.S. cattle imports were 11 percent larger than in the same period in 2022, likely due to tight supplies and higher prices this year. (USDA)

Turnover for indoor agriculture: Indoor agriculture is a land of big dreams and expansion despite turnover among operators and questions about the business model’s profitability. (Associated Press)

Ukraine challenges grain ban: Ukraine filed WTO complaints against Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary over their decision to restrict entry of Ukrainian grain, contrary to EU policy. (Reuters)

Traders eye Chicago exit: Executives of major derivatives firms haven’t said it out loud, but in private it’s clear they will consider relocating outside of Chicago if a crime wave continues and the city adopts a financial transaction tax. (Bloomberg)

Lab-grown meat can be kosher: In first-round opinions, arbiters of Jewish and Islamic dietary codes say cultivated meat, the industry’s preferred term for cell-cultured meat, can be consumed by members of their faiths. (Axios)

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