Press Releases

Jul 30, 2015
114th Congress

Subcommittee evaluates the federal and state response to avian influenza

Today, Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, held a public hearing to examine the federal and state response to avian influenza.

Jul 29, 2015
114th Congress

House Agriculture Committee assesses progress of global derivatives reforms

Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to assess the progress of global derivatives reforms since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law five years ago. Dodd-Frank imposed sweeping new regulations over the financial industry, including the regulation of swaps under Title VII, which had previously not been regulated in the U.S.

Jul 29, 2015
114th Congress

Chairman Conaway opposes increased funding for unauthorized CFTC

Today, Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) said in his opening statement he opposes any increase in funding for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) until it is reauthorized. The following statement was delivered at the House Agriculture Committee’s hearing Dodd-Frank Turns Five: Assessing the Progress of Global Derivatives Reforms. To view the full opening statement, click here.

Jul 23, 2015
114th Congress

Chairman Conaway Statement on Senators' COOL Bill

Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced by Senator Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Stabenow (D-MI) that ties repeal of country of origin labeling (COOL) to both the elimination of existing market driven programs and the establishment of a so-called voluntary country of origin (COOL) labeling program for beef, pork, and chicken. This new voluntary program would operate under similar rules as the program found to violate U.S. international trade rules.

Jul 23, 2015
114th Congress

House Passes H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Issues: Biotechnology

Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by a vote of 275-150. The bill, authored by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and Rep. G. K. Butterfield (D-NC) was approved by the House Agriculture Committee on July 14, 2015, by voice vote.

Jul 22, 2015
114th Congress

Secretary Vilsack testifies before Agriculture Committee on agency oversight and accountability

Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing to conduct general oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack testified, taking questions from committee members on various programs and projects the department manages and executes. Members referenced reports by USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong (OIG) and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Jul 21, 2015
114th Congress

ICYMI: Support Grows for H.R. 1599

Issues: Biotechnology

Today, nearly 500 organizations and associations, part of the Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, sent a letter to Congress urging members to support H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Last week the House Agriculture Committee passed the bipartisan bill by voice vote and it is expected to be voted on by the House later this week.

Jul 21, 2015
114th Congress

Chairman Conaway Statement on 5th Anniversary of Dodd-Frank

Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement on the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul.

Jul 15, 2015
114th Congress

Nutrition Subcommittee examines evidence-based solutions to improve nutrition programs

Today, Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-2), Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Nutrition, held a hearing to discuss the development and utilization of evidence-based solutions to improve nutrition programs. This hearing is a continuation of the committee’s ongoing review, known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP. The subcommittee heard from experts who shared how results from quality research can be implemented in meaningful ways to improve recipients’ lives and better target limited taxpayer dollars.

Jul 15, 2015
114th Congress

House Agriculture Committee recognizes the 125th Anniversary of the passage of the Second Morrill Act of 1890

Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to recognize the continuing contributions of the 1890 Land-Grant Universities on the 125th anniversary of the passage of the Second Morrill Act of 1890.

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