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DEC 2018

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12 FEED•LOT December 2018 pieces of legislation through Congress. "If history is any indicator, it will be a race to the finish line to get as much done as possible," he said relative to a lame duck Congress. "For us, the focus is on the Farm Bill. The good news is the Collin Pe- terson (D-Minn.), ranking democrat on the House ag committee, has also said he wants to get it done. That's good news for everybody." Peterson supports Food and Mouth Disease vaccine banks, a cause important to NCBA. In addition to the Farm Bill, Woodall suspects an appropriations bill will be rushed through, and that includes items regarding ELD and fake meat. "Outside of that, I doubt any- thing gets done between now and the end of 2018." FL The makeup of the House and Senate will look different come January 2019, and Colin Woodall, se- nior vice president of government affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association says he doesn't expect much legislation to move in the next few years. "The big picture reaction, we're not really surprised on what hap- pened on election night. We were prepared for this. We anticipated this as one of the potential out- comes, and we will have to figure out how to retool in a few ways to operate in a split Congress with a Republication Senate and Dem- ocratic House," he said. "The one thing people need to understand is just because there's a change doesn't mean we are under water in cattlemen's priorities." Woodall said there will be plen- ty of opportunities to work with Democratic members of the house who are friendly to cattlemen's causes. "We have quite a few of those who will be willing to step up and help us," he said. That said, he believes the new Congress will be all about gridlock and doesn't expect much legisla- tion to move. The House will likely spend a great deal of time on con- gressional oversight of the Trump administration, and anything the House does pass will likely not be something the Senate is interested in carrying forward. "We are of the opinion that a Congress that doesn't do much is actually a good Congress," Woodall said when it comes to agriculture and the cattle industry. "We don't need a lot of bills coming at us." In the mean time, Woodall said the lame duck session will be crit- ical to moving some important INDUSTRY & INNOVATION Pressure Is On During Lame Duck Congressional Session d { { JANUARY 30-FEBRUARY 1, 2019 #Catt lecon19 www.NCBA.org

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