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).
House Ag Chairman Combest: "Senate Must Complete Farm Bill This Week"
(December 5, 2001) – House Agriculture Committee Chairman Larry Combest (R-Texas) today strongly urged Senators Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Tom Harkin (D-IA) to complete Senate work on a farm bill this week.
"Farmers have waited three weeks for the Senate's Majority Leader Daschle and Ag Chairman Harkin to bring their own farm bill to final passage. The Senate's bill has been ready since November 15, and after three week's delay, it must be completed this week. It has been reported to me that the Senate will not do significant work on their farm bill until next week. That is unconscionable. The Senate must complete their bill this week, and move immediately to reconcile differences with the House farm bill we sent them two months ago on October 5 so that farmers will have a much-needed new farm bill signed into law by the president this year."
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