The House Agriculture Committee began a series of hearings in advance of writing legislation to reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). The agency's statutory authorization expires at the end of the fiscal year.
Chairman Combest Statement: President May Break Crop Insurance Promise to Farmers
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-Texas) expressed concern regarding reports the president may fail to live up to crop insurance reform, promised during his State of the Union Address:
"The president seems to be repeating an all-too familiar pattern of promises without performance. His budget proposal must not fail to include meaningful funding for meaningful change in crop insurance, as he promised farmers in his State of the Union Address.
"The president should come on board with crop insurance reform. This is a big problem that needs adequate commitment. He should have a funding proposal that fulfills his call for an appropriate means to address the problem."