Dawn of November 30: Manchin worried about inflation and the Biden agenda | 2021-11-30

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., has said he wants the Senate to pass the massive Build Back Better bill by the end of the month. The roughly $ 2 trillion measure contains President Biden’s climate and national spending priorities. But Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., still raises concerns about the bill’s impact on inflation.

“I heard a lot over the Thanksgiving holiday that the prices were high, and people were very upset about it, and they fear inflation was getting worse,” Manchin told reporters.

White House advisers met with Schumer staff on Sunday evening to discuss the legislation. “I can assure you that we are moving forward at full speed to achieve this, and we expect action to be taken in the coming weeks,” the White House press secretary said on Monday, Jen Psaki.

Biden administration suspends execution of vax mandate until 2022

The Biden administration is urging federal agencies to suspend until Jan. 1 all disciplinary action against employees who have not yet been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The deadline for getting the vaccine was Nov. 22, and 92 percent of federal employees received at least one dose, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

According to figures released last week, the USDA ranked low on the agency’s vaccination list, with 86.1% having received vaccines. However, 95.6% were considered compliant, which means 4.4% did not fulfill the warrant and the remaining 9.5% requested or received a waiver.

In an email to agency officials on Monday, Jason Miller, deputy director of management at OMB, and Kiran Ahuja, director of the Bureau of Personnel Management, urged the agencies to continue their ” ‘robust education and counseling throughout this holiday season as the first step in an enforcement process, with no subsequent enforcement actions beyond that education and guidance and, if necessary, a letter of rebuke, for most employees who have not yet complied with vaccination requirements by the start of the new calendar year in January.

Farm groups oppose dam rupture project

A bipartisan proposal supported by Representatives Mike Simpson, R-Idaho and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., To remove four hydroelectric dams from the Snake River in a bid to protect salmon and rainbowfish has groups national and state farmers, businesses and port authorities are concerned about the impact on farmers and their ability to transport their crops.

The Agriculture Transportation Coalition, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Farm Credit Council, the Idaho Grain Producers Association, the Nebraska Wheat Board and the Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative are just a few of the many to sign a new letter to the president. Joe Biden, asking that the proposal be blocked.

“The Columbia-Snake River system is the third largest grain export corridor in the world, carrying nearly 30% of US grain and oilseed exports through a sophisticated navigation system, which includes seven export terminals grain, 26 grain barge loading terminals in the interior of the country. , and eight dams that lift ships to a combined height of 735 feet to deliver high-value agricultural products safely and efficiently to West Coast ports and consumers around the world, ”the groups said and the port authorities in the letter.

FTC seeks information from large food companies to understand supply chain crisis

The Federal Trade Commission has ordered nine major companies, including Walmart, Amazon, Kroger and Tyson Foods, to provide detailed information to help the FTC understand ongoing supply chain disruptions.

The commission issued the orders under a provision of the FTC law, which authorizes “large-scale studies that do not have a specific law enforcement purpose,” the FTC said.

“In addition to better understanding the reasons for the disruptions, the study will examine whether supply chain disruptions cause specific bottlenecks, shortages, anti-competitive practices or contribute to rising consumer prices,” said the commission.

“Orders force companies to detail the main factors affecting their ability to obtain, transport and distribute their products. [and] the impact of these disruptions in terms of delayed and canceled orders, ”in addition to other information, the commission said.

Other companies asked to provide information are C&S Wholesale Grocers, Associated Wholesale Grocers, McLane Co., Procter & Gamble and Kraft Heinz.

Sysco shareholders approve of net zero GHG target

Shareholders of Sysco, the self-proclaimed “lthe biggest North America’s foodservice marketing and distribution organization, ”voted overwhelmingly in favor of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to“ net zero ”by 2050 or earlier.

Ninety-two percent of shareholders approved the resolution, which calls on the company to align its GHG reduction efforts with the Paris climate accord’s goal of preventing global temperatures from rising further. of 1.5 degrees Celsius.
The resolution was filed by As You Sow, a nonprofit shareholder advocacy group.

European beekeepers optimistic for stronger protection of honey

The European Commission is preparing to announce a review of its honey directive, and the European agricultural sector is optimistic that the changes will provide stronger support for producers facing difficult times and increased competition from imports.
EU honey imports increased by around 5% in 2020, while domestic production fell due to bad weather, including severe droughts and floods, according to COPA-COGECA, the world’s largest agricultural and cooperative organization. of the EU. Meanwhile, honey prices fell as the cost of production rose.

“It is of the utmost importance to act quickly and swiftly, to strengthen regulation and to ensure a better level of competition for EU beekeepers, and in particular to provide EU consumers with appropriate information. concerning the origins of honey, “COPA-COGECA said in a statement.

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