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IDFA: Dairy Security Act loses supporters

IDFA: Dairy Security Act loses supporters - - Election results impacting members of the House Agriculture Committee could impact proposed dairy policy reforms, according to the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). Dairy policy could be affected due to the changes, because seven supporters of the Dairy Security Act will not return, yet nearly all who supported the Goodlatte-Scott alternative were reelected, said Jerry Slominski, IDFA senior vice president of legislative affairs and economic policy. Although Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) was reelected, Reps. Joe Baca (D-Calf.), Leonard Boswell (D-Iowa), Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) and Bobby Schilling (R-Ill.) were defeated. Combined with the resignation of Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-Calif.) earlier this year, the primary defeat by Rep. Tim Holden (D-Pa.), and the retirement of Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Ill.), the Dairy Security Act lost seven of the 29 votes in its favor. Every supporter of the Goodlatte-Scott amendment, an alternative dairy reform proposal defeated in committee, will return with the exception of Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio), who lost her primary election. "Ranking Member Peterson has been relying heavily on his fellow ‘blue dog’ Democrats to help him pass the controversial new program to limit milk production, but the blue dogs are a dying breed," Slominski said