Press Releases

May 20, 2015
114th Congress

House Ag Committee Approves H.R. 2394, The National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2015

Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2394, the National Forest Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2015, by voice vote. Introduced by Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Chairman Glenn Thompson (PA-5), this bipartisan bill will reauthorize the National Forest Foundation Act so the Foundation is able to have the resources to continue its work to ensure U.S. national forests and grasslands are maintained.

May 19, 2015
114th Congress

A targeted response to avoid retaliation: Bipartisan press conference in opposition of COOL

Today, House Agriculture Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) introduced H.R. 2393, a bill to repeal mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and chicken products. Chairman Conaway and his colleagues held a bipartisan press conference with representatives from industries that are targets of retaliation by Canada and Mexico.

May 19, 2015
114th Congress

ICYMI: Country of Origin Labeling: All Cost, No Benefit

The World Trade Organization ruled against the U.S. for the fourth and final time in an ongoing dispute between the United States, Canada and Mexico regarding the U.S. country of origin labeling (COOL) program. Retaliation by Canada and Mexico will soon become a reality, meaning economically devastating tariffs on a broad spectrum of U.S. exports, from meat and fruit to jewelry, furniture and biofuels. Ripple effects will be felt in nearly every industry, every state and every consumer’s wallet. This is why COOL for beef, pork and chicken — nothing more than a failed government experiment— must be repealed.

May 18, 2015
114th Congress

WTO rules against U.S.’ country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements

Today, the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body ruled against the United States’ Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements for meat, upholding the compliance panel’s report in finding against the United States. House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement upon the WTO’s announcement.

May 14, 2015
114th Congress

Chairman Conaway and Ranking Member Peterson Call on HHS and USDA to Outline DGAC Comment Review Process

Today, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN) sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

May 14, 2015
114th Congress

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

Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2289, the Commodity End-User Relief Act, by voice vote. Introduced by Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), Rep. Austin Scott (GA-8), and Rep. David Scott (GA-13), this bipartisan bill will reauthorize and improve the operations of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), as well as ensure robust markets, consumer protections, and a balanced approach to regulations impacting job creators.

May 13, 2015
114th Congress

Subcommittee Reviews the Federal Coordination and Response Regarding Pollinator Health

Today, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL), Chairman of the Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee, held a public hearing to review the federal coordination and response regarding pollinator health.

May 8, 2015
114th Congress

Chairman Conaway Urges Secretaries of Agriculture, and Health and Human Services to Consider Extensive Public Comments on Dietary Guideline Committee’s Recommendations

Today is the final day for the public to comment on 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) has raised concerns that the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee greatly exceeded its scope and used potentially biased methodologies in developing recommendations for the Secretaries of United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

May 1, 2015
114th Congress

Ag Committee Chairman Rejects Generic Label Option

Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) rejected the latest recommendation to establish a generic mandatory label option, an option typically referred to as a “Product of North America” label, should the U.S. lose its World Trade Organization (WTO) appeal regarding country of origin labeling (COOL) in the coming weeks.

Apr 30, 2015
114th Congress

Committee advances two bills to reauthorize programs vital to agriculture

Today, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 2088, the United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, and H.R. 2051, the Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2015. Each bill reauthorizes a law set to expire on September 30, 2015, and ensures that the laws continue to operate in a manner that serves the public interest.

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