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USDA Begins Second Year of National Project to Quantify Effects of Ag Conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service is contacting 25,000 farmers and ranchers now through August to take part in a national survey that will more accurately measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation practices on agricultural land. The results of the National Resources Inventory Conservation Effects Assessment […]

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Ernst Calls on VA to Make Veterans Care a Priority, Not Art

A new government spending report by a non-profit organization states that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has spent $20 million on costly artwork between 2004 and 2014. Earlier this year, Senator Ernst offered an amendment to the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Appropriations Act that would prohibit funding for the procurement of […]

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Grassley Presses the Administration on Reasons for Alarming Increase in Medicare Catastrophic Drug Spending

Senator Chuck Grassley is asking the top administrator of Medicare for insight into an alarming increase in spending under the Medicare catastrophic prescription drug program, including whether drug companies might be exploiting the benefit. “Overall, these escalating expenditures are cause for serious concern and should prompt questions regarding the potential causes,” Grassley wrote to Andy […]