Cattlemen Applaud Final Approval of Omnibus Bill

US - President Donald Trump signed the $1.3 trillion spending bill to keep the federal government open Friday behind closed doors, then emerged to excoriate Congress for passing the legislation in the first place.
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"I said to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again."
Donald Trump, US President

President Trump cited misgivings about its contents, but said he agreed to sign the bill to deliver a boost in defense spending - repeatedly casting the decision as one in which he had "no choice," CNN reported last week.

The US President said: "There are a lot of things I'm unhappy about in this bill. There are a lot of things that we shouldn't have had in this bill, but we were in a sense forced if we want to build our military. I said to Congress, I will never sign another bill like this again."

National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Kevin Kester issued a statement in response to the signing of the omnibus spending bill, which includes several provisions that will directly benefit cattle producers.

Mr Kester said: "Thanks to our dues-paying NCBA members and the hard work of our team in Washington, this omnibus spending bill includes several provisions that represent major victories for America's cattle producers.

"First, we were able to kill the notion that our farms and ranches will be regulated like toxic Superfund sites under the CERCLA law. Second, we were able to secure another delay of the Electronic Logging Device mandate for livestock haulers. And finally, we were able to get Congress to address the 199A tax issue.

"These are all provisions that will help producers, and I want to thank all of our allies on Capitol Hill who helped secure them in the final legislation.

"I also want to again thank all of our dues-paying members - without them these victories almost certainly wouldn't have been possible."

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