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Lobbying: Drinking Water Challenge pt.1

Funding for Drinking Water Will Remain A Challenge to 2037 & Beyond The drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan heightened the public’s attention across the U.S. about the issue of the deteriorating decades-old drinking water infrastructure.  Along with the rest of America, Cansler Consulting watched as the crisis unfolded. Members of Congress, state and federal…

US House Ready For “Cures Agenda.”

Is Your Healthcare Organization Ready? According to the World Health Organization in 2011, the U.S. spent more on health care per capita ($8,608), and more on health care as percentage of its GDP (17.2%), than any other nation. Moreover, last year Bloomberg released a study that ranked the efficiency of the U.S. healthcare system 46th…

Future of the Filibuster?

There were more filibusters between 2009 and 2010 than there were in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s combined.1 The filibuster rule, Senate Rule XXII, was designed to defend minority rights or inspire debate of issues, but instead the minority party uses it to require a 60-vote supermajority to block legislative initiatives from getting accomplished in…

U.S. Electorate Sends Washington More of the Same: Gridlock!

Going into the 2012 general election there was much fanfare about the U.S. electorate being upset with partisan bickering and wanting more accomplished by the lawmakers they send to Washington, DC.  Presidential, Senate, and House candidates throughout the country spent months harshly campaigning and over $6 billion1 . The result – the President was re-elected…

Farm Bill: With Clock Ticking Proposals Begin to Surface

The JSCDR must generate at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings over 10 years. Between $10 and $50 billion of budget savings are targeted from the Farm Bill. Agricultural businesses need to push for legislative reforms that enable them to survive and thrive, which subsequently keeps more people employed.

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…

Don’t Get Thrown Under the Policy Bus – Again

Learning Lessons From Trade Dispute Votes in Congress Recently, the Obama Administration announced that U.S. and Mexican negotiators finalized a program that will allow Mexican trucks carrying imported goods to travel throughout the U.S. to their destinations, a promise made by the U.S. eighteen years ago and codified in the North American Free Trade Agreement…

Rural Healthcare: More jobs, better healthcare, $60 billion into ailing economy

60 million Americans are living in rural communities throughout the U.S. and according to Cornell University, since the 1960s, the rural population has aged more rapidly than its urban counterpart. Hospitals serving rural populations have also been aging. In fact, rural hospitals average over 50 years of age and these facilities have already out-lived their…

On Solutions to US Debt, It’s Compromise, Not Capitulation

Congressional leaders and The White House STILL cannot reach an agreement on how to move forward on reducing U.S. debt. While the politicians deal with the issues, businesses need to prepare for the days beyond the budget crisis and how they intend to capture some of the benefits that will undoubtedly pour out of Washington targeted at jump-starting the economy.

A Farm Policy Battle Continues This Week, But The War is Far From Over!

A Farm Policy Battle continues to wage in the U.S. House of Representatives this week showcasing the escalating issue over how Congress must change current U.S. agricultural programs in the 2012 Farm Bill ruled as “trade distorting” by the World Trade Organization (WTO). “Do NOT Pay the $147 Million…” Passed By Voice Vote During the U.S….

Groups Call for Significant Changes in Next Farm Bill

Impacting future budget negotiations (and the writing of the 2012 Farm Bill) is a report released last month by the Government Accounting Office (GAO). Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) requested the report which researched the federal budget for opportunities to reduce potential duplication and streamline government programs, save tax dollars, and enhance revenue.

The Farm Bill & Brazil’s Impact

Lawmakers must decide on how to change farm programs in the 2012 Farm Bill, otherwise Brazil is entitled to retaliatory measures, including cross-retaliation, imposing trade tariffs against up to $829 million in U.S. goods and $268 million in eligible cross-retaliatory countermeasures. If Brazil believes that the 2012 Farm Bill continues trade distorting policies, they can increase tariffs on a variety of U.S. products and commodities.

House Investigates Economic Impediments & their Impact

U.S. House leaders are directing committees to identify regulations & procedures that impede economic growth. The U.S. House recently adopted House Resolution 72 by an overwhelmingly bi-partisan vote of 391 – 28 that directs the following congressional committees to “inventory and review existing, pending, and proposed regulations and orders from agencies of the Federal Government…

Biotech Congressional Hearing Showcases Need For Reform Pt2

While incoming Chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, Oklahoma’s Frank Lucas, agreed with Vilsack’s tenor on producers being able to choose their individual cropping system, Lucas stated that the Plant Protection Act, which grants USDA authority to regulate biotech crops, is a pure science statute and that decisions should remain based on sound science.  …