The 114th Congress could have as many as 63 freshmen House members, and of those 63 members – a dozen of them – or 1/5 of the freshmen class – have a strong connection to the chicken industry.  This week and next week will feature the biographies of those new members in the House, courtesy of Bloomberg News:

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Thursday, the Senate Republican conference held their leadership elections for the 114th Session of Congress: Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will become Majority Leader; John Cornyn (R-TX) will be the Senate Republican Whip; John Thune (R-SD) the Senate Republican Conference Chairman; John Barrasso (R-WY) the Senate Republican Policy Chairman; Roy Blunt (R-MO) the Senate Republican Vice Conference Chairman; and Roger Wicker (R-MS) as National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman.

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Newly elected members of the National Chicken Council’s executive committee and board of directors were announced recently at the NCC’s board of directors meeting held October 29 in conjunction with the Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

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For the last several months, contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) have progressed relatively amicably in public.

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Four Democratic Senators on Wednesday wrote to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg asking her to issue a rule to increase data collection and develop a plan specifically to collect data on how antibiotics are used on farms.

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In a memo to President Obama, the Congressional Progressive Caucus called on the President to act on immigration through executive action.

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