When I became Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in January of this year, I had one primary goal: to ensure that America’s farmers and ranchers have the policies in place that they need to feed, fuel, and clothe the nation while ensuring stability and consistency for farmers, ranchers, consumers, markets, and rural communities. After all, agriculture is the foundation of our livelihood and the lifeblood of rural America. And, while our work will never be done, we are off to a great start.
Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson Statement on the Ways and Means Committee Offset to Increase Nutrition Programs in the 2007 Farm Bill
“At every turn, the Bush Administration and Republican Leadership have done their best to stall progress on the 2007 Farm Bill.
Mischaracterizing the offset that will expand nutrition benefits for working families is just the latest attempt to derail this Farm Bill, despite broad support for the bill from farm, conservation, nutrition, energy, specialty crop and renewable energy groups.
Apparently, the Bush Administration and some in the Republican leadership care more about defending the ability of foreign companies to exploit a loophole in the U.S. tax system than they do about supporting the hardworking families and farmers in this country. I hope that they will reconsider their opposition and join us in supporting this Farm Bill that represents a new direction for agriculture policy.”