The National Cattlemen's Beef Association expressed mixed feelings about the outcome of Tuesday's vote. NCBA Vice President of Legislative Affairs Colin Woodall lamented the defeat of a lot of the group's allies on the Democratic side of the aisle.
"Folks like Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas and Alan Boyd in Florida," Woodall said. "These are people who have been mighty strong supporters of the U.S. cattle industry and to see them not returning, it'll be a hit to everything that we are trying to do to protect our membership."
At the same time though Woodall says they are excited about having the House Agriculture Committee chaired by Frank Lucas, R-Okla.
"Mr. Lucas potentially coming in here as chairman is going to do a lot more on the oversight side of this administration," Woodall said. "That's one thing we are really looking forward to; bringing a lot of these administrators and department heads up to Capitol Hill and asking them about a lot of things they are doing that is really working against the cattle industry."
The NCBA lobbyist added that a GOP majority in the House and a slimmer Democratic majority in the Senate probably takes cap-and-trade energy legislation off the table for the foreseeable future.
"We're very happy with that because we are not supporters of cap-and-trade," Woodall said. "It's been sold to agriculture as a net benefit, but we see all the other increases in inputs, things like fuel, electricity, etcetera were far going to exceed any benefits we were gonna get."
Woodall said he doubted the Republican rout would persuade USDA to withdraw its controversial proposal governing the sale of livestock and poultry under the Grain Inspectors and Packers and Stockyards Act.