US House of Representatives en Michigan farmers waiting for Congress to pass a new Farm Bill <p>Michigan farmers are waiting to see if Congress can reach a deal soon on a new Farm Bill.</p><p></p><p>The U.S. Senate passed its version of the nearly trillion dollar, five year Farm Bill on Monday. The U.S. House continues to work on its own version of the bill, which funds crop insurance and other programs for farmers, along with food assistance for the needy.</p><p></p><p>The Farm Bill has been stalled in Congress for more than a year. And that has made it difficult for Michigan farmers to plan for the future.</p><p></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 03:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13008 at Michigan farmers waiting for Congress to pass a new Farm Bill Rep. Dingell supports bill to speed up FDA reviews <p>Congress is trying to speed up the review process for new medicines and devices while still keeping them safe.&nbsp;&nbsp; A bill before the House would increase the amount of money and authority given to the Food and Drug Administration to do that.</p><p>Congressman John Dingell represents Michigan&#39;s 15th District and supports the bill.&nbsp; He says one way the new bill will protect the drug supply is by increasing the FDA&#39;s authority over imported medicine.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;[The User Fee bill] enables [the] Food and Drug [Administration] to address the problems that we had (i.e. unsafe pharmaceuticals and unsafe commodities and components for the manufacture of pharmaceuticals in this country,&quot; Dingell said.&nbsp; &quot;So Food and Drug can control them now.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Drug and medical device manufacturers typically pay user fees that fund the reviews by the Food and Drug Administration.&nbsp; The new bill will expand those fees to more companies, including international ones.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This is the best way of leveling the playing field between American manufacturers and foreign manufacturers&quot; said Dingell, &quot;and also seeing to it that everybody -- consumers, manufacturers and all get the services that they&#39;re entitled to from [the] Food and Drug [Administration].&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Patient safety advocates are against parts of the bill. They say even tougher reviews should be applied to medical devices.</p><p><em>-Nishant Sekaran, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 16:03:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7564 at Rep. Dingell supports bill to speed up FDA reviews Union rally Monday for Rep. John Conyers <p>Union supporters of veteran<a href=""> Congressman John Conyers</a> are holding a re-election rally Monday for the Detroit Democrat. The 82-year-old is seeking a 24th term in the House and faces several challengers in the Aug. 7 party primary.</p><p>The group Working Families for Southeast Michigan says its rally is set for 5-8 p.m. at the Michigan Conference-Teamsters hall in Detroit.<br /><br />Others in the Democratic race in the 13th District include state Sens. Glenn Anderson of Westland and Bert Johnson of Highland Park, and state Rep. Shanelle Jackson of Detroit.</p><p>Conyers is the second-most senior member of the House, dean of the Congressional Black Caucus and the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.<br /><br />President Barack Obama endorsed Conyers in February. Sun, 13 May 2012 17:23:16 +0000 The Associated Press 7450 at Union rally Monday for Rep. John Conyers Michigan grad student takes on "Dean of the House," U.S. Rep. Dingell <p>Michigan&#39;s Rep. John Dingell,&nbsp; the longest serving member in the U.S. Congress, is running for his 30th term---his first came during the Eisenhower administration back in 1955. But as<a href=""> WNYC&#39;s the Takeaway tells us</a>, he is facing an extra hurdle that he hasn&#39;t seen for a decade: A primary challenger.</p><p><a href="!/daniel_marcin">Daniel Marcin</a> is a Ph.D. student in economics at the University of Michigan and he is currently campaigning to get on the ballot for the state&#39;s 12th District, pitting himself against Dingell in the August 7 Democratic primary.</p><p>Marcin spoke to the Takeaway, saying he&#39;s not overly concerned with taking on such a long-standing incumbent:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;This election for me is not about experience,&quot; he said. &quot;This election is about ideas. And John Dingell has failed to deliver on environmental action. He&#39;s failed to deliver on same-sex marriage and he&#39;s failed to deliver on sound economics.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>You can listen to the full interview below:</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="49" src=";containerClass=takeaway" width="430"></iframe></p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:02:03 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7175 at Michigan grad student takes on "Dean of the House," U.S. Rep. Dingell House OKs bill setting national ballast standard <p>The U.S. House has approved a bill that would set a national policy for cleansing ship ballast water to kill invasive species while prohibiting states from imposing tougher requirements.</p><p>The measure that passed the Republican-controlled chamber Tuesday would adopt an international standard limiting the number of live organisms in ballast water. Vessel operators would have to install technology to comply.</p><p>The shipping industry says an existing patchwork of more than two dozen state and tribal policies is unworkable because vessels move constantly from one jurisdiction to another. New York rules scheduled to take effect in 2013 would be 100 times tougher than the House standards.</p><p>Environmentalists say the House measure isn&#39;t strong enough to prevent more invasive species from reaching the Great Lakes. They say they hope to derail it in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Wed, 16 Nov 2011 11:15:20 +0000 The Associated Press 5008 at House OKs bill setting national ballast standard Speaker Boehner names two Michigan congressmen to supercommittee <p><font face="Arial" size="2"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Arial">House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman <a href="">Fred Upton</a></span></font> just issued the following statement:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The Budget Control Act made a modest down payment on our debt in the short term and called on Congress &ndash; through a Joint Select Committee &ndash; to build on those savings with meaningful spending controls and program reforms that will continue the process of putting our fiscal house in order over the long term. I am humbled by the trust Speaker Boehner and our leadership team have placed in us, and I stand ready to serve on the Joint Select Committee alongside Chairman Camp and Chairman Hensarling on behalf of all House Republicans.</p><p>&ldquo;Being from Michigan where families have endured 31 consecutive months of double-digit unemployment, I know how important it is to get our economy back on track and get Americans back to work. As someone who worked on the federal budget for President Reagan, I saw firsthand that sound economic policy is the bedrock of job creation and fiscal responsibility. And as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I know the exploding cost of health care is at the root of our long-term fiscal challenges; it&#39;s why our committee has already produced legislation to save taxpayers $90 billion, and that was just the beginning. Much more needs to be done to bring down health care costs, promote economic growth, and begin to tame runaway government. No one believes this is going to be easy, but working with our colleagues on both sides of the aisle and in both Chambers of the Congress, we will work to address our fiscal challenges and get America back to work.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>The Associated Press reports:</p><p>House Speaker John Boehner has named GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas to co-chair a powerful new committee that will try to come up with a bipartisan plan this fall to reduce the federal budget deficit by more than $1 trillion.</p><p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:35:42 +0000 Zoe Clark & The Associated Press 3681 at Speaker Boehner names two Michigan congressmen to supercommittee