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McConnell introduces bill making the legal smoking age 21 “Youth vaping is a public health crisis,” Kentucky Republican says

May 20, 2019...Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday introduced a bill to raise the federal age for purchasing tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, to 21, increasing the chances that Congress will clear a significant smoking-related bill for the first time since a major tobacco control law was enacted a decade ago.

Disaster bill negotiators drop divisive harbor fund provision Senate and House negotiators hoping for a deal before Memorial Day recess

May 20, 2019...Updated 10:06 p.m. | Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby said he has pulled his divisive proposed change in the Harbor Maintenance Fund from consideration in the long-stalled disaster and border supplemental package after meeting with President Donald Trump.

Even at Farm Bill Signing, For Trump It’s All About the Wall President signs five-year reauthorization at White House, but talks about border standoff

Dec 20, 2018...President Donald Trump signed the 2018 farm bill after entering the ceremony to the theme from the “Green Acres” sitcom of the 1960s about a city slicker and his society wife who move to the country to become hobby farmers. But before praising farmers, Trump renewed his demand for $5 billion in border wall funding, making much of the ceremony about the ongoing fight over the border wall and an ensuing government shutdown. 

Mitch McConnell Touting Victory With Hemp Legalization on Farm Bill Issue is becoming an early plank of the Kentucky Republican’s 2020 re-election bid

Dec 11, 2018...Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to put himself on the farm bill conference committee was insurance that one of his policy priorities — and a key issue for his 2020 re-election campaign — would make it to President Donald Trump’s desk this year.

Final Farm Bill Would Make Hemp Legal, Other Details Revealed Lying in state of George H.W. Bush disrupts bill release schedule

Dec 5, 2018...The top House Agriculture Democrat says a final farm bill agreement rejects controversial House provisions to tie food stamp benefits to expanded work requirements, greenlights hemp cultivation and tweaks programs important to farmers and ranchers.

Forest Fires Add Snag to Getting Farm Bill Passed House-passed version would change forest management policies that opponents say would ease oversight

Nov 27, 2018...Forestry provisions have emerged as the latest snag in farm bill negotiations, sending the issue to congressional leaders for talks to break the impasse.

Farm Bill Negotiators Aim to Hash Things Out in Veterans Day Meeting Republicans lost their bargaining edge with the election, Collin Peterson says

Nov 9, 2018...The two top House farm bill negotiators plan to meet on a federal holiday Monday to try to find a way forward on a compromise measure that could pass a lame-duck Congress.

Trump Set to Sign Farm Bill, Minus the Food Stamp Changes He Wanted Planned signing comes a day before current stopgap government funding expires

Dec 19, 2018...Lawmakers expect President Donald Trump to sign the farm bill legislation Thursday even though it excludes Republican priorities Trump supported such as changes to food stamps.

John Cornyn Will Whip the Criminal Justice Bill, But It's Competing With Border Wall, Farm Bill and Judges Vote count starting Tuesday could prove important to prospects for passage

Nov 26, 2018...Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn said Monday that he hopes there will be time on the floor for a bipartisan criminal justice overhaul before the end of the Congress, but he also said there is going to be a time crunch.