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By Mary Geiger, NCBA Communications
Momentum continued mounting last week for the three pending free trade agreements (FTAs) with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. Late Monday, President Obama sent the FTAs to Capitol Hill for consideration. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) wasted no time bringing the trade pacts up for consideration in his committee. All three FTAs passed with bipartisan support. National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) President Bill Donald said the FTAs are headed to the House floor and urged all members of Congress to prepare their yes votes. Read more about trade developments and about legislation to improve border security on public lands along the U.S. border with Mexico in this week's Beltway Beef newsletter.
U.S. Congressmen Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Jim Costa (D-Calif.) were joined by nearly 20 of their House colleagues to introduce the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) Flexibility Act of 2011. Kevin Kester, California Cattlemen's Association president, represented NCBA at a press conference with the lawmakers to introduce the legislation. Kester said the commonsense legislation will for the first time ever link the current corn stocks-to-use ratio to the government mandated RFS and will ensure there is enough corn to meet all demands. Read a special guest column by Kester in this week's Beltway Beef newsletter and don't miss an article about NCBA and the Public Land Council's recent efforts to weigh in on a case headed to the U.S. Supreme Court that could set a dangerous precedent for private landowners.
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