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NGFA's President Randy Gordon Addresses Congressional Outlook

Date Posted: November 21, 2013

National Grain & Feed Association President Randy Gordon discusses the Congressional Outlook (interview conducted in mid-November).

Despite the end of the government shutdown, there appears to be continued gridlock between the two chambers of Congress, and between Congress and the administration. How is this affecting the grain and feed industries?

For the grain, feed, and processing industry,the most contentious issue to resolve likely will be the farm bill, and more specifically, the huge divide that exists between the House- and Senate-passed versions on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – formerly known as food stamps.

But on some other legislative initiatives very important to our industry – such as waterways infrastructure – we’ve seen remarkable consensus in both the House and Senate, which each passed bills by overwhelmingly wide margins.

But the continued discord does threaten the prospects for trade legislation and some other key priorities.

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