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Cansler Keynotes Annual Conference for Tennessee Farm Bureau Presidents

Cansler Consulting, LLC Founder and Chief Strategist Tim Cansler offered his analysis of the first six months of the Trump Administration and political implications in 2018 of the enormous legislative agenda before a fractured Republican caucus in the US House and a razor-close Republican controlled U.S. Senate to a packed crowd of County Farm Bureau…

Cansler Consulting, LLC Founder and Chief Strategist Tim Cansler offered his analysis of the first six months of the Trump Administration and political implications in 2018 of the enormous legislative agenda before a fractured Republican caucus in the US House and a razor-close Republican controlled U.S. Senate to a packed crowd of County Farm Bureau…


Small Lobbyist Secures $72 Million from State Gov’t for GA County

Henry County, Georgia needed help.  They needed money to widen GA155. The Board of County Commissioners hired a small lobbying firm and within ONE WEEK, the firm had procured $72 million to widen the road.1… wait for it… at the whopping cost of $2000 per month for one year. So,  $24,000 netted the County $71,976.000.00….


Lobbying to Reduce Delays

Methods for Industry to Speed Conveyances and Reduce the Risk of Delays, Re-Export, Treatments or Destruction of Cargo It is estimated that $1.1 trillion worth of agricultural products are traded internationally each year. Food items account for just under 85% of the total. And while this economic activity provides much-needed nourishment around the world, there…


U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC)

U.S. and Canadian Regulatory Senior Officials met to discuss opportunities to smooth and speed imports and exports between the two countries and enhance economic competitiveness while at the same time heightening safety standards.  The RCC is made up of government officials and industry stakeholders focused on trying “to promote economic growth, job creation, and benefits…


President Signs Transportation Reauthorization

With one day remaining before the deadline for the current surface transportation authorization to expire President Obama signed HR 22, a 5-year (FY 2016-2020), $305 billion surface transportation reauthorization.  The bill will require offsets to make a $70 billion general fund transfer to the Highway Trust Fund.  About $52 billion of this would go to…


Follow the Leader…

As disclosure for this blog post: I have known, supported and learned a lot from U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) since the late 1980’s. He is emphatically one of the most astute and cunning politicians of the modern era.  He’s been re-elected five times in Kentucky, a Commonwealth where the number of registered…


This is How You Do It

Our hats are off to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), US Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-IL), US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) and EPW Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (D-CA) for their leadership and bipartisan work on the much-needed long term (6-year) extension of the Surface…


No Other Viable Transportation Options

Just hours before the U.S. Senate was set to adjourn for the long August congressional recess, on July 31, the U.S. Senate adopted H.R. 5021 to fund the nation’s highway system by a vote of 81-13.  H.R. 5021 is a short term, $11 billion “patch” for funding of the U.S. highway trust fund through May 2015.  The trust fund would…


16 Days Away: Highway Trust Fund Insolvency

16 Legislative Days Away From Highway Trust Fund Insolvency Congress is 16 days away from the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) becoming insolvent and lawmakers in Washington are scrambling for a solution. It is baffling that Congress finds itself in this situation especially since Congress has been reauthorizing the HTF since it was created in 1956 to provide…


Keystone Pipeline

Recently, the Obama Administration announced it will extend a key review period of the Keystone XL Pipeline indefinitely. Most political pundits think this delay will push a decision until after the 2014 mid-term elections, which could signal the Administration’s intent to not approve the project. However, in its announcement, the State Department cited ongoing litigation…


U.S. Transportation & Infrastructure Funding Needed to Remain Globally Competitive

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture the value of U.S. agricultural exports for calendar year 2012 was $141.3 billion.  Already in calendar year 2013 the U.S. is set to match, or exceed last year’s amount.  Through June of this year U.S. agricultural exports totaled $68 billion, or 48% of last year’s amount.  The U.S….

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture the value of U.S. agricultural exports for calendar year 2012 was $141.3 billion.  Already in calendar year 2013 the U.S. is set to match, or exceed last year’s amount.  Through June of this year U.S. agricultural exports totaled $68 billion, or 48% of last year’s amount.  The U.S….


Waterway Supply Chains Need U.S. Investment

Transporting $270 Billion of Our Exports After five years since the last adoption of the (2007) Water Resources Development Act, congressional committees are beginning to focus on the U.S.’ water resources infrastructure.  The United States maintains 300 commercial ports, 12,000 miles of inland and intra-coastal waterways and about 240 lock chambers, which carry more than…


Senate Committee Passes Surface Transportation Bill

Recently, the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee adopted 18-0,  the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, bill (S. 1813). The transportation bill now moves to the Senate floor where it faces much uncertainty as Committee members were unable to reach a consensus on a number of amendments, some of…


U.S. Ports Critical to Global Competitiveness

The best way for U.S. policymakers to quickly inject needed capital for infrastructure is through reforms to the U.S. tax code. If we create tax incentives for investors, encouraging corporations to invest the $2 trillion they have in reserve, helping our port system stay competitive.


Transportation Reauthorization

The U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee led by Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-OK) wasted little time after Congress’ return from the August recess to adopt a short-term extension of the surface-transportation legislation, Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2005: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA; P.L….