Press Releases

Jun 4, 2014
113th Congress

Lucas: New Leadership at CFTC Must Focus on Consensus, Bring Certainty to the Marketplace

Rep. Frank Lucas, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Timothy Massad as the Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Christopher Giancarlo and Sharon Bowen as CFTC Commissioners. 

Apr 30, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Examines Economic Factors, Regulatory Burdens Plaguing the Livestock Industry

The Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit held a public hearing to review the state of the livestock industry. Members heard from two panels of witnesses that ranged from the Chief Economist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to an array of experts representing the animal agriculture industry. Together, they highlighted issues, such as regulatory burdens, feed costs, drought, animal disease, and trade, that are impacting this sector of the agricultural economy.

Apr 29, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Examines Research Efforts to Combat Pests and Diseases of Pollinators

Members of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture examined current research and application of management strategies to control pests and diseases of pollinators such as honey bees.

Apr 17, 2014
113th Congress

Committee Leaders Seek Answers from Secretary Sebelius on Manipulation of LIHEAP and SNAP

Reps. Frank Lucas, Fred Upton, Steve King, and Tim Murphy sent a letter to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting information on the agency's efforts to oversee states administering the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which is intended to provide benefits to those Americans most in need of energy assistance.

Apr 9, 2014
113th Congress

Ag Committee Approves Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize and Improve the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

The House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act, by voice vote.

Apr 7, 2014
113th Congress

Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act

Reps. Frank Lucas, Collin Peterson, K. Michael Conaway, and David Scott introduced H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act. This legislation is a bipartisan effort to reauthorize and improve the operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), as well as address concerns relating to protecting customers from another market failure such as MF Global and Peregrine Financial.

Apr 3, 2014
113th Congress

House Panel Questions Ag Chief on Farm Bill Implementation, Regulations & Health of Rural Economy

Chairman Frank Lucas today held a hearing with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to review the state of the rural economy. With the recent enactment of the Agricultural Act of 2014, progress on implementing the law was the primary topic of discussion.

Mar 26, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Examines Costs Associated with Lawsuits Filed Against the U.S. Forest Service

Rep. Glenn 'GT' Thompson, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, held a public hearing to review the impact of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and related legislation on the U.S. Forest Service.

Mar 26, 2014
113th Congress

Millions of Americans Are Still at Risk of Higher Utility Costs Despite CFTC Move

Rep. Frank Lucas, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and Rep. Doug LaMalfa issued a statement in response to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission's (CFTC) No-Action Letter to exempt producers, utility companies, and other non-financial entities from being required to register as a swap dealer when they enter into energy contracts with government-owned utilities.

Mar 25, 2014
113th Congress

Lucas: Borlaug's Legacy Reminds Us to Continue Important Work in Agricultural Research

Chairman Frank Lucas today issued the following statement on the dedication of the Dr. Norman E. Borlaug statue that is part of the National Statuary Hall Collection of the U.S. Capitol.

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