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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…


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…


Federal Budget & Economic Forecast (p.2)

To give you some perspective, since 1966 the U.S. has maintained an annual deficit, where federal spending surpassed federal income, in all but 5 years (1969, 1998-2001). Over this 50-year period the U.S. deficit has averaged 2.8 percent of U.S Gross Domestic Product (GDP). According to the World Bank estimated 2014 GDP for the U.S….


Federal Budget & Economic Forecast (p.1)

As in each year preceding, on February 9, President Obama released his annual budget for the U.S. that tops $4 trillion.  The budget outlines the current Administration’s policy proposals, budgetary projections, and economic forecasts for the next decade. This will be the last annual budget report for his administration. The Obama Administration can be commended…


FY 2016 NDAA Heads To POTUS For Likely Signature

Last week the U.S. Senate passed the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by an overwhelming margin, 91-3. The NDAA was amended into an unrelated Senate-passed bill, S 1356, the Border Patrol Agent Pay Reform Act of 2014. Since the Senate had adopted S. 1356 previously on May 14, only one, simple majority vote…


Election changes continued…

A Larger Majority House Speaker John Boehner (OH-R) and his leadership team will now have a larger majority of rank-n-file members to work with.  Also, there will be some reassignments of powerful committee chairs as some Chairmen have reached their six-year term limitation, a policy agreement among the republican caucus.


Administration to Re-Direct up to $473.4 Million in Unused Earmarks

Are Your State Transportation Funds Impacted? On August 17th, the Obama Administration announced that it would use up to $473.4 million in unused appropriation earmarks provided by previous Congresses spanning from 2003 to 2006 to pay for new transportation projects. US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the Administration scoured the federal government to identify the…


Importers Beware!

President Obama signed into law The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA – P.L. 111-353) on January 4, 2011. The Food and Drug Administration will publish their FSMA regulations this year. What this means for importers is: prepare to establish a risk-based foreign supplier verification program that guarantees imported food from each supplier is produced to…


The Food Safety Modernization Act

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA – P.L. 111-353) was signed into law by President Obama on January 4, 2011. The new law was created to address the estimated 48 million people who are sickened, 128,000 who are hospitalized and 3,000 who die each year as a result of food borne diseases according to the…


2nd Session of the 112th Congress: A Preview of the Issues

With the nation’s eyes on who wins the prize in the Iowa republican Presidential caucus, very few realize that today the second session of the 112th Congress began, albeit in pro forma session. In actuality, the legislative business of the second session of the 112th Congress will begin in the U.S. House of Representatives on…


Rural Development & The President’s Jobs Plan

During the President’s speech to a Joint Session of Congress on September 8, he said, “Every proposal I’ve laid out tonight is the kind that’s been supported by Democrats and Republicans in the past.”  Typically, the opposition party would be totally dismissive of such remarks, but with the U.S. economy on the ropes and a…


Reducing Regulatory Burdens & Stimulating Jobs

The U.S. House continues to focus on numerous federal regulations deemed as “overburdensome” and that if ended, may stimulate the economy and create jobs. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has sent a letter to President Obama requesting a list of all proposed regulations that are estimated to have an economic impact exceeding $1…


Obama: Revamping the Farm Subsidy System

In a CBS town hall meeting on May 12th, President Obama discusses how difficult it is for congressional leaders from rural districts that have historically benefited from existing farm subsidies to change policies to address 21st Century challenges in agriculture. More than ever, if your organization needs its voice heard in Washington and assistance in protecting…

In a CBS town hall meeting on May 12th, President Obama discusses how difficult it is for congressional leaders from rural districts that have historically benefited from existing farm subsidies to change policies to address 21st Century challenges in agriculture. More than ever, if your organization needs its voice heard in Washington and assistance in protecting…