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Government Shutdown-Political Chess Match; SCOTUS Drops State Livestock Cases

Shutdown The House of Representatives reconvened today with a series of votes scheduled for various appropriations bills aimed at reopening some federal agencies that are closed. The first one is set for tomorrow (9 January) on the Financial Services and General Government appropriations bill, which funds the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) said over the weekend, “This action is necessary so that the American people can receive their tax refunds on schedule.” Yesterday in an apparent pre-emptive effort, however, the Trump administration’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced there would be a partial recall of IRS employees; refunds would be...

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On behalf of a Canadian oilseed processer WPI's team provided market analysis, econometric modeling and financial due diligence in support of a $24 million-dollar investment in a Ukrainian crush plant. Consistent with WPI's findings, local production to supply the plant and the facility's output have expanded exponentially since the investment. WPI has conducted parallel work on behalf of U.S., South American and European clients, both private and public, in the agri-food space.

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