S E P T E M B E R / O C O T O B E R 2 0 1 7 8 POTATO GROWER Window Closing For Major Changes As we enter the Fall, it seems hard to believe that President Trump was elected nearly one year ago. 2017 has barreled forward at a dizzying pace and now just a few scarce months remain in this year. The first 12-14 months of a President’s term are the most valu- able, as typically the leader’s popu- larity and strength is highest imme- diately following the election. Looking back at the accomplish- ments of recent Administrations during this window, President Obama signed an economic stimu- lus bill in February of 2009 and pushed through his controversial Affordable Care Act by March, 2010. President George W. Bush signed a $1.35 trillion tax reduction package in June, 2001 and the No Child Left Behind education reform bill the following January. President Bill Clinton saw his plan for deficit reduction passed in August of 1993 and NAFTA ratified that December. For President Trump, this valuable window of time is rapidly nearing its end. Many opportunities for enhancing America’s economy are still waiting for action. Among them are tax reform, legislation to deal with agriculture’s immigrant labor crisis, renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and infrastruc- ture reinvestment. Additionally, Congress must increase the nation’s debt limit and develop a plan to keep the government functioning past the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. The potato industry is strongly sup- portive of Congressional leaders and the Administration moving these vital policies forward before the mid-term election cycle is upon us. The overall economy would greatly benefit from such positive actions. Revitalizing our tax code, providing certainty as to the legal status of the agricultural workforce and increas- ing our competitiveness through strong trade agreements are long overdue. Additionally, it should be noted that NPC Mes sage by John Keeling, NPC Executive Vice President and CEO