Agriculture, Energy, Lobbying, & Regulatory Updates from Cansler Consulting - Part 3

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Time For a Farm Bill

Talks regarding the 2018 Farm Bill are heating up. Major players in the agriculture industry agree that now is the time to develop your strategy ensuring that your viewpoints are heard. The National Corn Growers Association Sam Willett with the National Corn Growers Association says it is not too soon to discuss the next Farm…


WRDA Signed Into Law

WRDA Signed Into Law, Now on Two-Year Reauthorization Cycle Recently, President Obama signed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) authorizing EPA, (Environmental Protection Agency) to provide assistance for a wide variety of projects including $170 million in aid to Flint, Michigan to help repair its drinking water system. In a bill-signing ceremony at the White…


Highlights of WIFIA

Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) projects will be evaluated individually by the Administrator of EPA based on criteria in the rule and a previously issued Notice of Funds Available (NOFA).  Once a project is selected for a loan individual credit agreements will be developed in negotiations between Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the…


EPA Begins New Water Financing Program

On Monday, December 19, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an interim final rule on credit assistance for water infrastructure projects that will become immediately effective.  The rule allows EPA to begin implementing the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. National Need = $660 Billion In the rule, the EPA estimates the…


With 75 Hours to Spare, CR Filed Containing Flint Aid

Late Tuesday evening, with about 75 hours to spare before the deadline on federal government spending runs out at midnight on Friday, December 9, congressional negotiators released the 70-page text of another continuing resolution (CR) that will fund federal government agencies at current years level through April 28, 2017.  The CR meets the total $1.07…

Late Tuesday evening, with about 75 hours to spare before the deadline on federal government spending runs out at midnight on Friday, December 9, congressional negotiators released the 70-page text of another continuing resolution (CR) that will fund federal government agencies at current years level through April 28, 2017.  The CR meets the total $1.07…


21st Century Global Trade Agreements

Earlier this year U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, “It seems like the politics of trade have become rather toxic” referring to the anti-trade mood in the U.S.  Strong protectionism views went on to become major themes in the presidential campaigns of the two major political parties.  This…


Farmer-Friendly Farm Bill

The Farm Foundation recently hosted a forum on the goals of the next Farm Bill likely to be written in the 115th Congress. Participants heard from varying interests in the Farm Bill including representatives from the Environmental Working Group and the fiscally conservative Heritage Foundation. Also on the panel was Chuck Conner, President, National Council Farmers…


Elaine Chao Secretary of Transportation

On January 31 the U.S. Senate voted 93-6 to confirm the nomination Elaine Chao to become Secretary of Transportation.  Secretary Chao formerly served as Secretary of Labor (2001-2009) in the George W. Bush administration.  Without question Secretary Chao’s federal experience will help President Trump fulfill his ambitious campaign promise of infrastructure redevelopment throughout the U.S. Chao…


Farm Bill Planning Needs to Happen Now!

The agriculture industry is experiencing a dramatic downturn as commodities pile up and prices fall to historic lows. Some in the ag industry are hoping the next Farm Bill can help — sooner as opposed to later. With farm loans steadily deteriorating, many farm groups are hoping to get the Farm Bill process started early.1…


Leadership on Congressional Committees 115th Congress

We have reviewed the potential impacts of the 2016 elections on pertinent congressional committees that are important to our clients’ issues.  Here’s what we’ve found: U.S. House UPDATE 12/01/2016 Today the House Republican Steering Committee met and recommended the Members below for committee chairs in the 115th Congress: Agriculture: Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX) Appropriations: Rep….


Incoming Freshman Members of the U.S. Senate

After the 2016 general elections Republicans maintained majority control of the U.S. Senate with (currently) 51 of the 100 seats. Democrats currently hold 48 seats. To date, there remains one undecided Senate race in Louisiana.  This race will be decided in a run-off election on December 10. Below is a list of incoming freshman members…


Incoming Freshman Members of the U.S. House of Representatives

Below is a list of the 53 incoming freshman members of the U.S. House of Representatives for the 115th Congress.  There are 26 new Republicans and 27 new Democrats. After the 2016 general elections, Republicans maintained majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives with (currently) 239 of the 435 seats. Democrats currently hold 193…


Lame Duck Session Begins With Lots of Unfinished Business

When Congress returns on November 14 they are scheduled for 16 legislative days in the lame duck session with a planned adjournment on December 16.  There remain multiple, big-ticket issues to resolve upon their return and with each passing day, it becomes more uncertain if they will have enough time to pass all the measures. …


Post Election Stock Market

According to the November issue of Fortune Magazine, while 2017  still may be a rough year for the financial markets, history shows us that after each election, no matter who wins, there is a dip in the market that corrects itself. We have the benefit of hindsight that the article’s author, Taylor Tepper, (a staff…


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