Press Releases

Jun 18, 2015
114th Congress

Chairman Conaway Statement in Support of TPA

Today, the House passed legislation approving trade promotion authority, or TPA. The bill establishes an unprecedented level of consultation and transparency requirements, ensuring that Congress and the American people know the full impact of any trade agreement. It also gives clear instructions for trade negotiators to follow while establishing additional consequences for failing to comply, including withdrawal of TPA.

Jun 17, 2015
114th Congress

House Agriculture Committee Approves H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2015

Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2647, the Resilient Federal Forests Act, a comprehensive bill aimed at expediting and improving forest management activities in federal forests.

Jun 17, 2015
114th Congress

House Agriculture Committee approves bill to amend the U.S. Cotton Futures Act

Today the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2620, a bill that amends the United States Cotton Futures Act to allow for the development of certain new cotton futures contracts.

Jun 12, 2015
114th Congress

A National Framework for the Review and Labeling of Biotechnology in Food

Issues: Biotechnology

Yesterday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced a hearing for June 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Rayburn 2123 entitled “A National Framework for the Review and Labeling of Biotechnology in Food.” Committee members will discuss a substitute amendment crafted jointly by the House Agriculture Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee. Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement upon the hearing’s announcement.

Jun 11, 2015
114th Congress

Floor Statement by Chairman Conaway in support of TPA

Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway delivered remarks on the House floor in favor of H.R. 1314, a bill that advances Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). With 95 percent of the world’s consumers living outside the U.S., it is imperative for the U.S. to work to reduce and eliminate international trade barriers so that American farmers and ranchers can compete globally on a level playing field. TPA will provide our negotiators with the credibility necessary to conclude the most effective trade agreements possible.

Jun 11, 2015
114th Congress

Subcommittee Reviews Implementation of Conservation Programs in the 2014 Farm Bill

Today, Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-5), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry, held a public hearing to review the implementation of conservation programs included in the Agricultural Act of 2014. The subcommittee heard from two panels of witnesses, including Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller and Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini responsible for implementation, as well as stakeholders who shared their perspectives on the different conservation programs.

Jun 10, 2015
114th Congress

House passes bill to repeal mandatory COOL for beef, pork, and chicken

Today, the House passed H.R. 2393, the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act, by a vote of 300-131. Introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), H.R. 2393 amends the Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946 to effectively repeal mandatory country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken.

Jun 10, 2015
114th Congress

Floor Statement by Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway H.R. 2393

“Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of H.R. 2393, the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015, and yield myself such time as I may consume. ‘Mandatory country of origin labeling is really a marketing program, a heavy-handed approach by this Federal Government to demand a marketing program that may or may not work.’

Jun 10, 2015
114th Congress

Agriculture Committee holds hearing: Past, Present, and Future of SNAP: The Means to Climbing the Economic Ladder

Today, the House Agriculture Committee continued its full-scale review of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as the Past, Present, and Future of SNAP, by examining the tools that are available to help SNAP recipients climb the economic ladder. Members of the committee heard from a panel of witnesses who have extensive on-the-ground experience working with individuals to help them enter, re-enter, and remain in the workforce.

Jun 9, 2015
114th Congress

House Passes CFTC Reauthorization Bill

Today, the House passed H.R. 2289, the Commodity End-Users Relief Act, by a vote of 246-171. Introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), Rep. Austin Scott (GA-8), and Rep. David Scott (GA-13), this bill reauthorizes the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), which has operated without Congressional authorization for nearly two years.

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