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The Daily Countable: 🌾 Farm Bill and... 📚 Should homeschools be regulated?

by Countable | 4.10.18

Welcome to Wednesday, folks. Glad you're joining us.

Odds are, today you ate something that started its life on a farm. And odds are a bit less that maybe you've heard that farmers are being pretty hard-hit by the China tariffs. So maybe it works out well that it's time for the every-five-years Farm Bill. Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have been working on formulating the bill, and the House version is expected to be released soon. Like all omnibus bills, the legislation is expected to be massive and controversial. We've put together a brief history of the legislation, and the 2014 Farm Bill, so you're fully prepared to hit Take Action and tell your lawmakers what you want included - or precluded - from this one. Head here.

On the Radar

  • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) published their first economic forecast since the passage of the 2017 tax-reform package. Though the report points to some initial economic improvements due to economic growth and increased employment rates, it also projects the deficit will grow rapidly unless Congress changes course. Read some of the CBO report's highlights, and how Congress might change course, here.

  • President Trump on Saturday accused the Justice Department of "slow walking" the release of documents related to an FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. In response, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is speeding up the delivery of more than a million documents to Congress. Head here to find out how the process is being expedited.

Under the Radar

  • In January, a California couple was arrested after their thirteen children were found living in "dark and foul-smelling surroundings" with some “shackled to their beds with chains and padlocks.” The children were homeschooled; while abuse and neglect at a homeschool is rare, it's not unprecedented. Now, lawmakers in the Golden State are considering reforms to homeschooling. Add your voice to the conversation with Countable's latest Your Turn: Should Homeschools be Regulated?

  • New Jersey, which has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country, is now upping the ante by calling out other states when crimes are committed in the Garden State with guns acquired in more permissive jurisdictions. An executive order signed by Governor Phil Murphy - called the "Name and Shame" Law - will streamline the release of publicly-available FBI data in order to show the public where the guns are coming from. Click here to read the full story.

Your Gov at a Glance 👀

The White House: President Trump in DC

  • The president will sign a bill into law that makes it a federal crime for websites to promote sex trafficking or prostitution.
  • He will then have lunch with Vice President Pence before having dinner with GOP congressional leadership.
  • Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will hold an on camera press briefing at 3:30pm ET.

The House of Representatives: In

  • Voting on a bill to make the process of designating financial firms as "systemically important" more transparent.
  • Voting on a bill to reduce the number of stress tests banks must undergo annually from two to one.

The Senate: In

  • Voting on the confirmation of John Ring to be a Member of the National Labor Relations Board.

But Wait! There's More!

Will Washington Paralyze The Postal Service?

And, in the End…

We’re ending with a potential beginning. We want to know what types of civic action and engagement you, our users, wish Countable offered. Donations? Volunteer opportunities? Petitions? Marches? What we’re most interested in hearing your ideas of how we can help you better engage with democracy—help us help you. So we can all help America.

—Andrea Seabrook and Josh Herman

Talk to Managing Editor Andrea Seabrook via email, andrea [at], or on twitter, @RadioBabe. And don’t forget to keep in touch @Countable.


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