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Chris Wall - Washington Domestic Public Policy Update


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Washington Domestic Public Policy Update - Chris Wall - National Pork Producers Council, from the Swine Forecast 2011 webinar, December 1, 2010.

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Chris Wall - Washington Domestic Public Policy Update

  1. 1. Chris Wall Assistant Vice President, Domestic Public Policy National Pork Producers Council Washington Domestic Public Policy Update December 2010
  2. 2. Presentation Summary 2010– Year in Review Mid-Term Elections A Year in Review Domestic Public Policy Outlook: 2011 Administration 112th Congress Questions?
  3. 3. 2010 Year in Review: Mid Term Elections Republican’s took the majority in the House but Democrats retained majority in the Senate 15 House Democrat Ag Committee Members lost their re-election bid Senator Lincoln, Chairman of Senate Agriculture Committee, lost her re-election bid New Ag Committee Chairmen in House and Senate Sen. Debbie Stabenow in the Senate Rep. Frank Lucas in House
  4. 4. 2010 Year in Review: Mid Term Elections The Republicans picked up 62 (and counting) seats in the House to retake the majority. There are a handful of races that have not been called in the House but Republican’s can only increase majority, not lose ground The 62 seat pickup represents the largest turnover in Congress in modern history, eclipsing the Republican takeover in 1994. There are a total of 95 new House Members in the 112th Congress, 86 of those are freshmen Republicans Leadership: John Boehner, former House Agriculture Committee member, was elected Speaker of the House Eric Cantor (VA) was elected House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA) was elected House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) was elected House Minority Whip Steering Committee is currently meeting to determine committee assignments. Key Committee races in the House: House Appropriations Committee- Kingston, Rogers, Lewis House Energy and Commerce- Shimkus, Upton
  5. 5. Lame Duck Session Senate Food Safety Bill, S. 510, passed the Senate this week House is reported to take up S. 510 and pass before Congress adjourns for the year House is reported to take up S. 3307 (Child Nutrition Reauth) and pass before Congress adjourns for the year There are a number of bills that could come up between now and adjournment but focus is on Bush tax cut extensions Also in consideration are the expiring tax extenders, including Blenders tax and ethanol tariff extension--Baucus and Grassley pushing for full extension (5yrs) for Blenders and ethanol tariff House Ways and Means not inclined to extend for any amount of time NPPC’s assessment, if Blenders and ethanol tariffs do get extended, it ill be for one year with Blenders tax credit at a reduce rate Congress must also pass a Continuing Resolution or Omnibus spending package for FY11 Outlook for appropriations bill or an omnibus are bleak– animal traceability?
  6. 6. Proposed GIPSA Rule Proposed June 22 Extended Comment Period Closed Nov 22 53,000 Comments Filed to date 35% Rural Commenters 65% Consumer (Urban) Commenters NPPC worked to get 16,000 comments filed!
  7. 7. 2012 Farm Bill House & Senate began Field Hearings April 2010 New Chairman: Rep. Frank Lucas: New Plan Senate began hearings June 30 New Chair: Sen. Debbie Stabenow Budget Reconciliation process: Spring 2011 House Floor Passage: Lucas stated publicly not till 2012….if then. Maybe 2yr extension??? 27
  8. 8. Its about the $$$$$$...
  9. 9. Domestic Public Policy Outlook: U.S. Bi-Partisan Debt Commission Findings: Due: Need 14 of 18 for consensus Early Draft: Eliminate Mortgage Interest Deduction Food Safety Inspection Fees Raise retirement age for Social Security Eliminate farm subsidies Increase federal gas tax 3
  10. 10. Domestic Public Policy Outlook:2011 112th Congress: Tax Cuts Budget Deficit Budget Reconciliation Health care repeal??? Farm Bill??? Immigration With Presidential elections looming in 2012, major legislation and controversial measures not likely to be addressed by Congress 3
  11. 11. Pork Industry Policy Issues:2011—Legislative Various Oversight Hearings: EPA; USDA; FDA; etc. Renewable Fuels Policy: Blenders Credit & Import Tariff Food Safety Reform: FDA vs. FSIS Farm Bill Field Hearings: Redeux Budget Reconciliation FY 2012 Appropriations 9
  12. 12. Questions? 21