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SCPA members make annual trek to Capitol Hill

Members of the Southern Crop Production Association and some of the state crop protection associations made their annual visit to Washington May 14.

The date of the visit, which was set back in February, came two days after the House passed H.R. 1732, a bill that would direct EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw a proposed new definition of the Waters of the U.S. in the Clean Water Act.

The legislation passed 247-155 with 24 Democrats voting in favor of the legislation and the remaining yes votes coming from the Republican side of the House. Both it and a similar Senate bill, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, are expected to be vetoed by the president.

But proponents of the two measures are encouraged by the Democratic votes. “It was interesting to see we had a number of Democrats who came and voted with us on this particular bill,” said Ed Duskin, executive vice president of the SCPA. “I was pleased to see that quite a few of those who voted with us were our ag people and were Southerners. Our Georgia district congressman voted for it, and he’s a Democrat.”

Duskin, who has indicated he will retire at the end of this year, provides an issues briefing for the SCPA members on the afternoon before they make their visits to congressmen in their own districts and their states.

In his comments, he talked about the Waters of the U.S. legislation other issues team members discussed during their visits.

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