This Week in Washington: Jan. 18-22

Senate Agriculture Committee plans child nutrition markup on Wednesday and antimicrobial summit planned for Jan. 20 and 21.

Government offices are closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, but Congress does return to work for the remainder of the week. Here’s a snapshot of some of the hearings and activities to watch:

Senate child nutrition markup. The Senate Agriculture Committee will hold a business meeting on Wednesday to markup “Committee Print: Improving Child Nutrition Integrity & Access Act of 2016.” The bill is a compromise struck between Senate Agriculture Committee chairman Pat Roberts (R., Kan.) and ranking member Debbie Stabenow (D., Mich.). The meeting is planned for 10 a.m.  Jan. 20 in 328A Russell Senate Office Building. Read more on the bill here.

Antimicrobial summit. Leaders in the veterinary and human health communities, the livestock sector, consumer groups and federal and state regulatory agencies will gather in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20-21 to discuss policy, education and economic issues of the stewardship of antimicrobial drug use in food animals. The national summit, Antibiotic Stewardship: Policy, Education & Economics, will convene at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. The summit continues through Thursday.

A collaboration of Farm Foundation, NFP, the Association of Public & Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Veterinary Medicine Colleges (AAVMC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS), the summit will highlight the diverse issues involved in stewardship of antimicrobial drug use. Catherine Woteki, USDA undersecretary for research, education and economics, is a featured speaker. She will present a keynote address at noon on Jan. 21. A full agenda of the summit is available. There is no fee to attend the summit, but registration is requested and can be completed online.

Here are some top headlines from last week relating to policy issues:

Livestock groups testify on impact of TPP

House passes resolution to disapprove WOTUS rule

Animal activist groups sue over NC ag-gag law

Obama's final State of the Union highlights trade, climate change

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