SNAP eligibility rules will tighten despite coronavirus outbreak

At the same time he raised the possibility of pandemic benefits, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Tuesday that stricter SNAP time limits will take effect, as scheduled, on April 1 for able-bodied adults. House Democrats have suggested higher benefits and broader SNAP availability to carry low-income workers through quarantines and economic disruptions due to the new coronavirus.

Trump proposals for SNAP cuts add up to $230 billion, says think tank

Besides the $180 billion in cuts to the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program proposed in President Trump’s budget package, the administration is proceeding with regulations that would reduce SNAP enrollment and cut spending by $50 billion over 10 years, said the Center for Budget and …

Trump backs high-speed internet access, ‘especially’ in rural America

With rural Americans continuing to suffer a digital divide, President Trump said on Tuesday that he was committed to ensuring “every citizen can have access to high-speed internet, including — and especially in — rural America.” The White House provided no immediate details but the Federal …

USDA has chronic data issues, experts say

The Department of Agriculture under President Trump has repeatedly rolled out policies and program changes without accurate data, a report from Politico found. From trade war bailouts to cutting food stamp benefits to relocating essential USDA agencies, several members of Congress, experts, and …

States will gain power over water in WOTUS replacement, says Trump

President Trump will propose limits on federal jurisdiction over waterways this week, said Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley on Tuesday. Trump hinted at the proposal during a speech to farmers, saying it would “allow states to manage their water resources based on their own needs and what their farmers …

Senate to give Trump a trade victory days before impeachment trial

In a sudden legislative speed-up, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday the Senate will pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement before the end of this week, a trade victory for President Trump days before an impeachment trial begins. The “new NAFTA”  would bring modest …

Near-unanimous Senate approval, ‘hopefully soon,’ predicted for USMCA

The Senate Finance Committee overwhelmingly approved one of President Trump’s top priorities, an updated free trade pact with Canada and Mexico, on Tuesday with Democrats claiming a share of the credit in a trade victory for the president. U.S. agriculture would see modest increases in exports …

Grassley has good words for ‘Tariff Man’

Two years ago, President Trump declared on social media that he was “a Tariff Man” and that import duties “will always be the best way to max out our economic power,” a sentiment that was widely disputed. Senate Finance Committee chairman Chuck Grassley said on Tuesday that Trump was right when …

Why don’t we know how much livestock farms pollute the air?

America's thousands of confinement livestock operations pollute the air every day with chemicals like ammonia, methane, and hydrogen sulfide. Yet no one tracks exactly how much air pollution these farms produce, according to FERN's latest story, published with The Nation.(No paywall)

Trump threatens long-running trade war with China

President Trump offered contradictory assessments of Sino-US trade talks on Tuesday, but both suggested a lengthy trade war. China hinted that strong-arm U.S. tactics would not work. Senior Chinese and U.S. officials met in Shanghai on Tuesday for their first face-to-face negotiations in more …