Mistrust pervades Congress, but progress possible, NMPF’s Bleiberg says NMPF



Governing in 2021 is difficult, with a narrowly divided Congress and a new administration facing significant challenges, said Paul Bleiberg, NMPF’s senior vice president for government relations, in an NMPF podcast. Still, policy progress for dairy is possible, especially given the sector’s reputation for bipartisan cooperation, he said.

“The atmosphere on Capitol Hill is unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before,” Bleiberg said. “There’s significant mistrust between the two parties right now. There’s a great deal of skepticism about what can be accomplished working together, and yet at the same time, a new administration trying to find its footing really during unprecedented times.”

“It’s possible that time heals a lot of things, and over the course of the next few weeks, people will get down to work,” Bleiberg said. “I think you’re starting to see a sense for that, but it starts off very heated.”

Bleiberg also discusses dairy’s policy gains in 2020 and how the government is already implementing coronavirus programs related to dairy approved in December, in the full podcast here. You can also find the podcast on Apple PodcastsSpotify,  SoundCloud and iHeart RadioBroadcast outlets may use the MP3 file. Please attribute information to NMPF.

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