NCBA Racing Against the Clock to Ensure Congress Makes Progress on Farm Bill Before Mid-TermsFri, 05 Jan 2018 12:06:43 CST
With the New Year comes the potential political swings of the November mid-term elections. Lead lobbyist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Colin Woodall says this means there is limited time to get as much done legislatively as possible, before lawmakers in Washington, D.C. turn their attentions to getting reelected and he says the clock is ticking.
“We’re just about 10 months away from the mid-term election (and) this, like all mid-term elections is critical because it will determine who controls Congress and ultimately how that impacts the success of the President moving forward with any sort of legislative priorities that he has left,” Woodall said. “So, it has huge implications on us and the cattle business, if by chance we were to see a change in power.”
Things like tax reform would have to take a back seat to regulatory reform issues, says Woodall, if Democrats take control. He says the campaign races have already begun and NCBA will be paying close attention to many of them as they progress. As we get closer to parade and festival season around Memorial Day when campaign activity heats up, Woodall says that is time when many major pieces of legislation unfortunately become less of a priority. All the more reason, he emphasizes, to get moving on a new Farm Bill, which will expire at the end of September.
“If we don’t have these things like the Farm Bill either passed or significant progress made by the time we get into the summer, the chances of getting it done by the end of the year or definitely by the time they leave in October for their last push for campaigning, prognosis is pretty dim,” he confessed. “So, we need to get things done here in the spring while we’ve got an opportunity to make it happen.”
Listen to Colin Woodall of NCBA and Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays speak more about the potential impact of the upcoming mid-term elections and more on the progress of the 2018 Farm Bill, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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