Press Releases

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
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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
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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
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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.

Mar 14, 2014
113th Congress

Lucas Welcomes McAllister to the House Agriculture Committee

Chairman Frank Lucas today welcomed Rep. Vance McAllister, who represents the Fifth District of Louisiana, to the House Agriculture Committee.

Mar 13, 2014
113th Congress

Agriculture Committee Meets to Approve Budget Views & Reduce Regulatory Burdens on Farmers and Ranchers

The House Agriculture Committee met today to consider the budget views and estimates letter for the 2015 fiscal year, H.R. 935, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, and a resolution commemorating the Smith-Lever Act, which established the nationwide Cooperative Extension System.

Mar 4, 2014
113th Congress

Subcommittee Recognizes Contributions of Cooperative Extension Service to Agriculture, Youth Development & Rural Communities

The House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Horticulture, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture held a public hearing to review the Smith-Lever Act of 1914 in advance of the 100th anniversary of its enactment on May 8, 2014.