Wyden may devote less attention to cattle
Incoming Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., will not pay as much attention to the cattle industry as outgoing Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., has, National Foreign Trade Council President Bill Reinsch said this week.
President Barack Obama has nominated Baucus to be U.S. ambassador to China, and Wyden is in line to take over Finance as chairman.
“There is going to be a new chairman. His priorities are likely to be different,” Reinsch said at an NFTC roundtable for reporters on Wednesday. “You are all going to write a lot fewer stories about beef than you have in the last five years.”
Baucus sits on the Senate Agriculture Committee and is well known for his support for his state’s beef and wheat industries. Wyden does not sit on Agriculture and, while Oregon has both cattle and wheat, it has also has more diversified agriculture than Montana, including fruit and vegetables and wine.
Reinsch and his staff noted that Wyden has taken a great interest in the digital economy.
Reinsch, who on Thursday endorsed the trade promotion authority (TPA) bill that Baucus introduced, said that last year NFTC had predicted “a lot of activity and no results,” but this year is predicting “a lot of activity and some results.”
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