April 15, 2020, the American Soybean Association (ASA) has announced a new member of the policy team that will continue to lead efforts in the areas of biofuels and infrastructure. Alexa Combleic will join the government affairs team located in Washington D.C. this May. Combelic has served in various Hill staff roles the past 10 years, working for Members of both the House and Senate, and currently is legislative director for Congressman Joe Courtney of Connecticut.
In October 2019, ASA shifted from consulting-based policy representation to an independent, internal ASA government affairs team led by Christy Seyfert and located in D.C. Of the 40 employees working with the association, a quarter is located in D.C.with the rest near many of the country’s major soybean-producing states.
Some of the goals of the policy team include directing federal infrastructure funding toward improving commercial transportation including, rural roads, bridges, and dams. These efforts help to ensure that U.S. soybeans are delivered to both domestic and international markets in a timely and cost-effective manner. From a biofuels standpoint, the ASA plans to continue its efforts to enact a long-term extension of the biodiesel tax credit. The ASA is in support of the U.S. production of biodiesel fuel using domestic feedstocks.