An attempt this week by Democratic leadership to put roadblocks on tariff aid payments for farmers split open a wide rift of partisanship on the House Agriculture Committee, a body that has long touted its history of working above party disagreements. The feud culminated with a tweet from committee member Filemon Vela (D-TX) referring to former Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) as a "racist Christian pretender." The House Ag Committee may never be the same according to Pro Farm Policy Analyst Jim Wiesmeyer.
In this week's DC Signal to Noise Podcast, Wiesemeyer and Farm Journal New Director John Herath also look at the debate over Commodity Credit Corporation funding that started that feud, offer up the latest stall in China trade talks and look at the silence surrounding a possible Renewable Fuels Standard deal.
And, for the first time, DC Signal to Noise has a guest from Congress. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota covers a broad range of issues from tariff relief and China trade to options for dealing with the growing threat from Iran.