Washington Update. Washington dynamics have changed with the new Congress, but Obama administration regulatory initiatives pose challenges for the poultry industry. The dynamics in Washington changed dramatically last month when the new Congress met with Republicans in charge of the House of Representatives and in a stronger position in the Senate. Although the makeup of the new Congress gives the business community more tools to work with, we cannot expect the Congress to stop all of the regulations that lie ahead during the next two years of the Obama Administration.
You may not live on the Chesapeake Bay or have a processing plant or contracts with poultry farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. However, you need to be just as concerned for the future as those who find themselves right in the middle of the Environment Protection Agency’s bull’s-eye on the region.
Rahm Emanuel, chief of staff to President Obama, is famous for his observation that every crisis should be used for political purposes. “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste,” he said. “And what I mean by that is an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”
Washington Update: Immigration a hot topic in Washington The president of the National Chicken Council talks about some of the challenges surrounding immigration reform. George Watts George Watts is president of the National Chicken Council, 1015 15th Street, NW, Suite 930, Washington, DC 2000
2008 Outlook: More gridlock Under gridlock conditions, Congress got little done in 2007. George Watts George Watts is president of the National Chicken Council, 1015 15th Street, NW, Suite 930, Washington, DC 20005-2605. Neither of the major parties is now able to achieve a commandi