Archive for September, 2008

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Discussing antibiotics

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Thursday started out with me going to a Minnesota Morning Breakfast with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). One of the highlights is a pastry called Potica (puh-tet-zah): A traditional Slovenian pastry from the Iron Range. The pastry itself was delicious and the event was fun. Senator Klobuchar was walking around listening to constituents for about 45 […]

GRD Externships – Applications due on Friday!

Monday, September 29th, 2008

Time is running out if you want to be an Extern next year! You have until this Friday, October 3, to get your Application in. The AVMA is accepting applications for ten 2009 Governmental Relations Externships. The deadline — once again, in case you missed it — is this Friday, October 3. In just four […]

Another congressional negotiation

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Here we are at the end of week 3. Neither of us can believe how fast the time has gone. The last couple of days have been very busy for us, not to mention everyone else in DC it seems. Ian already talked about yesterday morning, but I thought I’d fill everyone in on how […]

Race to the finish

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Here we are with only a week and a half to go. Today had us traveling all over town. In the morning, Ian and I attended a Senate joint committee hearing regarding the effectiveness of agriculture disaster assistance programs. This meeting was in response to the floods in the Midwest and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. […]

H.R. 6598 moves out of committee

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

You can feel the uneasiness in the air around DC. Given time to think about $700 billion Wall Street bailout, Democrats and Republicans alike are starting to doubt this action. In the middle of trying to deal with the worst economic crisis since the Dust Bowl, the Judiciary committee still found time for partisan pandering […]

Friday again?!

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Hello everyone, this is marking my triumphant return to the blog after a busy week. I will start with my adventures from Wednesday at the Future Trends in Animal Agriculture Symposium. This was a free event at the USDA building with speakers from across the spectrum from the American Meat Institute to the Humane Society […]

Back and forth

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Tuesday was a busy day again (don’t I say that everyday?). We spent the morning making contacts and working on a new letter to send to the House Judiciary Committee regarding H.R. 6598 (the bill on transport of horses for the purpose of slaughter) that was being marked up by the Wednesday morning. It doesn’t […]

Here we go again

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

So, after a weekend of traveling and doing the tourist thing, Ian and I are back for the start of Week Two here at the AVMA-GRD. We spent most of the day in the USDA/CSREES offices at a hearing to discuss the National Veterinary Medical Service Act’s (NVMSA) Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP). AVMA-GRD […]

Pit bulls, pigs and barracudas

Monday, September 15th, 2008

A release that went out today: Pit bulls, Pigs and Barracudas: AVMA Calls on McCain and Obama to Help Keep America’s Animals Healthy Pigs, pit bulls, donkeys and elephants – the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today reminded presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama that America’s veterinarians play vital roles in preserving and protecting […]

After One Week

Monday, September 15th, 2008

It is now the end of our first week here at the GRD and what a week it has been! Although we were working primarily from the office today, our goal was to continue reading up on issues and make appointments with veterinarians who hold positions in all levels of the government. It is amazing […]

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