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DC Insight - 5/19/2023

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Agriculture News

Hawley Outlines Missouri Priorities for Upcoming Farm Bill
U.S. Senator Josh Hawley Press Release – May 15, 2023
U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Ranking Member John Boozman (R-Ark.), outlining Missouri's priorities for Title I and Title XI in the upcoming 2023 Farm Bill. These include the preservation of a strong farm safety net in light of high input prices and changing market conditions. In addition, the next farm bill should not attempt to link crop insurance funding with “climate smart” practices.

Capitol Hill News

NDAA on hold while Congress grapples with debt limit
Roll Call – May 10, 2023
The House is postponing consideration of the fiscal 2024 defense authorization bill while Congress works to resolve an impasse over the debt ceiling, lawmakers said Wednesday. The House Armed Services Committee was initially scheduled to hold subcommittee markups this week, with full committee markups next week. The House markup has been postponed, with no new dates announced. The Senate Armed Services Committee announced subcommittee markups will occur on June 20 and 21, with full committee markup scheduled for June 21. The postponements in both chambers are the result of ongoing debt ceiling negotiations. 

Plan to Begin Senate Appropriations Markups in June
Senate Committee on Appropriations – May 17, 2023
U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME), Chair and Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee respectively, announced their plans to hold markups of bipartisan funding bills in June.

Markup of Fiscal Year 2024 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Bill
The Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related
Agencies bill provides a non-defense discretionary total of $25.313 billion for programs under the jurisdiction of the Subcommittee, $532 million (2.1%) below the FY23 enacted level and $3.622 billion (12.5%) below the FY24 President’s Budget Request. The Subcommittee’s allocation is $17.163 billion, and the House bill includes another $8.150 billion that is offset by clawing back the Democrats’ wasteful spending over the last two years and ending pandemic-era programs. The bill prioritizes agencies and programs that protect our nation’s food and drug supply; support America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities; and ensure low-income Americans have access to nutrition programs. Summary here.

Federal News

DOE Announces $40 Million for More Efficient Cooling for Data Centers
Department of Energy – May 9, 2023
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $40 million in funding for 15 projects that will develop high-performance, energy efficient cooling solutions for data centers. Supported by DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), the University of Missouri (Columbia, MO) has been selected as part of the Cooling Operations Optimized for Leaps in Energy, Reliability, and Carbon Hyperefficiency for Information Processing Systems (COOLERCHIPS) program to develop an innovative, scalable cooling solution for data centers offering numerous advantages over existing phase-change processes.

President Biden Announces Intent to Nominate Dr. Monica Bertagnolli as Director of the National Institutes of Health
The White House – May 15, 2023
President Biden announced that he intends to nominate Monica Bertagnolli to lead the National Institutes of Health. “Dr. Bertagnolli is a world-class physician-scientist whose vision and leadership will ensure NIH continues to be an engine of innovation to improve the health of the American people,” said President Biden.

What state and local leaders need to know about the federal government’s regional Tech Hubs competition
Brookings – May 16, 2023
Last week, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) posted a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs (Tech Hubs) program. In doing so, the EDA has invited regional consortia across the country to apply for federal funding awards to accelerate the scale-up of their advanced industries as part of a new wave of place-based economic development.

Higher Education News

Colleges Race to Hire and Build Amid AI ‘Gold Rush’
Inside Higher Ed – May 19, 2023
The National Science Foundation has backed some of the initiatives with $140 million to start seven new national artificial intelligence research institutes at U.S. colleges and universities. The AI sector is expected to become a trillion-dollar market within the next five years.


Reviewed 2023-05-19