Press Releases

Sep 9, 2015
114th Congress

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Briefs Agriculture Committee Members on Trade Negotiations

Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway and members of the Agriculture Committee met with United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman in an Executive Briefing to discuss the status of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other trade-related issues and their impact on the agricultural sector. Members of the committee focused primarily on market access for agricultural commodities – particularly for rice, dairy, and sugar.

Sep 9, 2015
114th Congress

Conaway responds to ERS annual report on food security in the U.S.

Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued a statement in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) annual report on food security in the United States.

Aug 28, 2015
114th Congress

Chairman Conaway pleased with federal judge's WOTUS block

Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after North Dakota District Court Judge Ralph Erickson issued a preliminary injunction to halt the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule from being implemented in 13 states. It would affect Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

Jul 30, 2015
114th Congress

Subcommittee evaluates the federal and state response to avian influenza

Today, Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a public hearing to examine the federal and state response to avian influenza.

Jul 29, 2015
114th Congress

House Agriculture Committee assesses progress of global derivatives reforms

Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to assess the progress of global derivatives reforms since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law five years ago. Dodd-Frank imposed sweeping new regulations over the financial industry, including the regulation of swaps under Title VII, which had previously not been regulated in the U.S.

Jul 29, 2015
114th Congress

Chairman Conaway opposes increased funding for unauthorized CFTC

Today, Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) said in his opening statement he opposes any increase in funding for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) until it is reauthorized. The following statement was delivered at the House Agriculture Committee’s hearing Dodd-Frank Turns Five: Assessing the Progress of Global Derivatives Reforms. To view the full opening statement, click here.

Jul 23, 2015
114th Congress

Chairman Conaway Statement on Senators' COOL Bill

Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced by Senator Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Stabenow (D-MI) that ties repeal of country of origin labeling (COOL) to both the elimination of existing market driven programs and the establishment of a so-called voluntary country of origin (COOL) labeling program for beef, pork, and chicken. This new voluntary program would operate under similar rules as the program found to violate U.S. international trade rules.

Jul 23, 2015
114th Congress

House Passes H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Issues: Biotechnology

Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by a vote of 275-150. The bill, authored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) was approved by the House Agriculture Committee on July 14, 2015, by voice vote.

Jul 22, 2015
114th Congress

Secretary Vilsack testifies before Agriculture Committee on agency oversight and accountability

Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing to conduct general oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack testified, taking questions from committee members on various programs and projects the department manages and executes. Members referenced reports by USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong (OIG) and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Jul 21, 2015
114th Congress

ICYMI: Support Grows for H.R. 1599

Issues: Biotechnology

Today, nearly 500 organizations and associations, part of the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, sent a letter to Congress urging members to support H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Last week the House Agriculture Committee passed the bipartisan bill by voice vote and it is expected to be voted on by the House later this week.

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