With the nation’s eyes on who wins the prize in the Iowa republican Presidential caucus, very few realize that today the second session of the 112th Congress began, albeit in pro forma session.
In actuality, the legislative business of the second session of the 112th Congress will begin in the U.S. House of Representatives on January 17 and in the U.S. Senate on January 23. President Obama will deliver his annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on January 24.
Here are some of the issues Cansler Consulting will be tracking for clients in the second session of the 112th Congress:
Agriculture: The last Farm Bill adopted by Congress in 2008 is set to expire on September 30 this year. Leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees will resume congressional hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill and have indicated that the starting point for the next farm bill will be the plan crafted for the failed negotiations of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction. That plan included $23 billion in budget reductions for agriculture.…