In a “Key Vote” letter to both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, ABA President & CEO, Robb MacKie, has asked Members to vote yes on the spending package that includes several provisions which will deliver relief from unnecessary burdens to the wholesale baking industry.
- Granting more flexibility to schools in order to meet whole grain standards in the USDA’s School Meals Program;
- Instructing the Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee— charged with making policy recommendations to it and the USDA — focuses its nutrition and dietary recommendations “based on sound nutrition science.”;
- Freezing sodium recommendations at the July 1 levels, until science shows they should be adjusted to benefit children’s health;
- Providing $2.7 billion for agriculture research programs, including the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
- Imposing a stay on the new Hours of Service, 1 am – 5 am provision of the 34-hour restart rule, as well as the 168-hour rule for one year to allow for the appropriate safety studies to be conducted; and
- Reforming pension polices to allow deeply troubled pension plans to make market-based adjustments, thus saving and securing benefits for all participants within such plans.
ABA issues key vote letters to Members of Congress on pieces of legislation that have a significant impact on the wholesale baking industry. ABA scores their key votes in order to determine which Members are champions for the industry.
Click Here to read ABA’s Key Vote letter to the U.S. Senate
Click Here to read ABA’s Key Vote letter to the U.S. House of Representatives