Monday, February 03, 2014
Illinois Farm Bureau's 2014 national legislative priorities
include supporting passage of a farm bill and defending the
Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
IFB's Board of Directors approved six legislative priorities
during their January 23 meeting in Bloomington. The priorities,
which are similar to last year's, are as follows:
* Oppose any regulatory or legislative attempts to weaken
IFB issued a call to action recently asking members to flood the
White House with calls opposing the Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA)'s proposal to reduce volume requirements in the RFS. IFB also
submitted written comments to EPA.
The deadline to comment was Jan. 28.
Adam Nielsen, IFB director of national legislation and policy
development, said IFB will continue to work with stakeholders,
monitor EPA's statements and work to prevent any legislation from
being considered on RFS.
* Advocate for federal tax policies that assist the farmer and
promote rural economic growth.
*Swiftly enact, smoothly implement and passionately defend the
2014 Farm Bill.
*Complete Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) and support
increased revenue to speed up lock improvements.
IFB is supporting the reauthorization of WRDA and also will
lobby for a barge fuel tax, which would replenish the Inland
Waterways Trust Fund, Nielsen said.
*Support trade, surface transportation and ag labor policies
designed to expand markets, reduce costs and spur the economy.
IFB supports passage of Trade Promotion Authority in
Congress. If approved, the legislation would allow President
Barack Obama to negotiate trade deals without Congress changing
them. Congress would still be able to vote up-or-down on trade
agreements, but would not be able to amend them.
IFB also plans to work with the Illinois delegation to make sure
immigration reform will help employers in Illinois that have
*Monitor and engage in federal regulatory issues consistent with
our state and national policies.
"These are our marching orders for this year," Nielsen said. "We
will make sure we have good progress going on a number of them
before Congress really begins to shut down for the elections."
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