Rep. Rick Crawford, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit, held a public hearing to examine ways to improve and expand broadband in rural areas and how to better coordinate future investments between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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."