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Maybe calling it a baby step is an overstatement. But Farm Bill machinery is creaking and grinding ever so slowly in shutdown Washington, DC. After the House re-attached the agriculture and food stamp portions of the Farm Bill on Monday and passed...
Elise Stefanik, a 29-year-old former George W. Bush staffer who’s works in her family’s plywood business in Altamont, NY, has announced she’ll seek the Republican nomination to run in the race for New York’s 21st...
I blogged yesterday about the possibility that the U.S. House might consider a Farm Bill in which the Food Stamps program (SNAP) was separated out from the agriculture portion of the bill. Now a version of the Farm Bill without SNAP has passed the...
The Senate Agriculture committee passed a nearly $100 billion a year Farm Bill this afternoon, 15-5. One of the Senators who voted against it was New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who's leading a fight to restore all of the $400 million...
Tuesday afternoon, in a conference call with reporters, New York Democrat and Senate Agriculture committee member Kirsten Gillibrand laid out her priorities for a new farm bill. She discussed plenty of policy to help farmers, from revamping the milk...
News stories tagged with "congress"
by Greg Warner
Nov 21, 2005 — Last week, House Republicans salvaged a 50 billion-dollar spending-cut plan by a vote of 217 to 215, with Democrats solidly opposed. The measure would make modest but politically painful cuts across a wide spectrum of programs for students, farmers and poor people. Opponents claim it's unseemly at a time when Congress is also moving to O-K tax cuts that would mainly benefit the wealthy. The bill does contain about 1 billion dollars more to help low income families and seniors pay their heating bills this winter. New York State is the single largest recipient of funding from the low income heating program. But those measures were not enough for two New York House republicans - John Sweeny of Clifton Park and John McHugh of Pierrepont Manor. Gregory Warner spoke to Congressman McHugh about his vote against the budget. Go to full article
by Martha Foley
Oct 29, 2004 — Candidates for Congress in the 23rd district met this week in Plattsburgh at a debate sponsored by Mountain Lake Public Television Station, and the League of Women Voters of the Plattsburgh area. The candidates faced citizen questions, and a panel including Stasia Arcarese of the League of Women Voters, Bob Grady, of the Plattsburgh Press Republican, and North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann. Both the incumbent and the challenger hail from the western portion of the huge district, which stretches from Plattsburgh past Oswego. Republican John McHugh of Watertown is seeking his seventh term in the House of Representatives. Democrat Dr. Robert Johnson is a thoracic surgeon who settled a year and a half ago in Sackets Harbor, on Lake Ontario. After brief introductory statements, the debate opened with questions recorded earlier in Plattsburgh. The moderator is Mountain Lake volunteer Bill Owens. Thanks to Mountain Lake PBS for audio of this debate. Go to full article
Jul 20, 2004 — The long-shot Democratic candidate for John McHugh's seat in Congress officially kicked off his campaign from the steps of the courthouse in Lowville yesterday. As David Sommerstein reports, Watertown-based surgeon Robert Johnson is running primarily as a health care reformer. Go to full article
by Jody Tosti
Mar 31, 2004 — The US Senate has approved an amendment that would increase childcare funding nationwide by $6 billion over the next five years. That means $438 million extra for New York and an additional $10 million for daycare programs in the North Country. Senator Hillary Clinton co-sponsored the bill which she calls a victory for New York's families dealing with the huge costs of childcare. Go to full article
Nov 20, 2003 — The House has approved and sent to the Senate an energy bill that contains $23 billion worth of energy-related tax breaks. The bill faces a tough fight in the Senate, where some Democrats are threatening to filibuster because of a provision that protects the makers of a gasoline additive from lawsuits. North Country Congressman John McHugh lauded the bill's increased funding to promote energy efficiency in the North Country. Go to full article
by Karen DeWitt
Oct 31, 2003 — An Adirondack based environmental group is urging Congress to act to curb pollution emissions that lead to acid rain, before this year's session comes to a close. Karen DeWitt reports. Go to full article