NCBA's Colin Woodall Says Beef Industry is Losing Money Every Day Until TPP is RatifiedMon, 25 Apr 2016 23:19:30 CDT
The Trans-Pacific Partnership isn’t “Obama Trade” as some presidential candidates have termed it - it’s “U.S. Cattle Trade” - says Colin Woodall, vice president of governmental affairs with National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
“We just need to make sure Congress understands that every day they fail to act, it’s money out of our pocket as an industry,” he says.
Woodall says TPP is under fire from some legislators because of voter perception. NCBA members recently spoke with their members of Congress during the spring legislative conference and found that several were concerned about voting on TPP before the November election.
“We had some folks that really didn’t know what the benefits were of TPP, and then a lot of them that were just on the fence and probably wouldn’t make a decision until after the election because they were concerned that this could be something that would sway their election results,” he says. “Typically trade would have received a little bit more of a positive response.”
Although there is talk of waiting to vote on the ratification of TPP during the lame-duck session at the end of the year, Woodall says NBCA is going to continue to push for a vote as soon as possible.
“We are one of the commodities that can go in and talk about the money that we are losing today,” Woodall says. “It’s not about a ‘what if’ scenario for us, it’s what we’re losing now.”
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays caught up Woodall on a recent trip to Washington, D.C. Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear more of his comments about TPP.
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