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.
Goodlatte Comments on Tobacco Buyout
WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) today released the following statement regarding the chairman's mark on the FSC/ETI conference report:
"Last night, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas revealed a chairman's mark on the FSC/ETI conference report. The tobacco buyout legislation, introduced by Congressman Jenkins, was inserted into the FSC/ETI bill and was passed into conference in early September. The bill is expected to make it to the House floor before adjourning on Friday and includes buyout legislation that I believe my colleagues will be pleased with.
I, along with other members of the Agriculture Committee, have worked with Chairman Thomas and conferee members to ensure American tobacco farmers receive a fair settlement. This legislation is a step in the right direction in alleviating some of the burdens faced by domestic tobacco farmers. This is the result we've been working for. I commend Congressman Jenkins, and Congressman Richard Burr, along with other tobacco state lawmakers who have worked diligently toward this end."