McLean County business and governmental leaders have been in Washington for the past 3 days meeting with the Congressional delegation, administration and business leaders. WGLT's Washington Correspondent Hanna Gutmann reports on the annual "One Voice" trip to the nation's capital.
The purpose of the trip was to investigate agribusiness opportunities, and they found out a proposal to convert garbage into jet fuel could just take off, and about opportunities and grants for local farmers, and that the farm bill isn't dead. Mayor of Normal Chris Koos.
"There's some give and take on the farm bill. Hopefully, there'll be a farm bill sometime this year."
But looming over all the capital hill meetings was that nasty sequester, which Bloomington Alderman Rob Fazzini says hasn't hit yet.
"It is scary, absolutely. We need to fix it."
But with President Obama's charm offensive to Congress coinciding with the 3 day trip, Koos is optimistic.
"Hopefully, Congress is going to get together and start working cooperatively and get this sequester behind them because they're going to feel a lot of pain over the next couple of years with these cuts coming in and people reacting to them."
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