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  • Agriculture Committee holds hearing to examine positive impacts of lifting oil export ban
    Posted in Press Release on July 8, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy and Environment

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee held a hearing to examine the economic impact that exporting crude oil would have on the rural and national economy. Members of the committee heard from experts on energy development and the rural economy, who focused on the advantages to lifting the ban on oil exports. “The majority of oil development takes place in rural areas like Texas’ Eleventh Congressional District, and when development slows or prices swing wildly, the health of those rural communit... Read more

  • Conaway Supports Bill to Stop "Waters of the United States" Proposed Rule
    Posted in Press Release on May 12, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy and Environment

    Washington– Today, Congressman Mike Conaway (TX-11) spoke in support of H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Act of 2015. The bill, which would force the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to stop moving forward with the proposed “Waters of the United States” rule, passed the House by a vote of 261-155. Congressman Conaway delivered the following remarks on the House Floor in support of this legislation: I rise today in strong support of H.R. 1732, the Regulato... Read more

  • Chairman Conaway responds to President Obama’s FY2016 budget proposal
    Posted in Press Release on February 2, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Fiscal Responsibility

    Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal. “Like a broken record, the President’s latest budget proposal calling for higher taxes and more spending doesn’t sound any better to hard-working Americans than it did the first time around. Simply put – this budget will hurt the economy and cost American jobs. “Rural America is no exception. Under the President’s proposed tax increases, including ... Read more

  • Congressman Conaway Statement on the Deal with Cuba
    Posted in Press Release on December 17, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Defense

    Congressman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) issued the followed statement on the deal with Cuba: “The agreement announced today is a poorly negotiated deal for America and for the Cuban people. We have given up significant leverage in exchange for few tangible benefits for our country or the average Cuban. As far as I can see, this deal makes no significant gains on either democratization or increasing respect for human rights in a country where the government controls every single aspect of life. ... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway Commends USDA for Speeding Up Drought Relief to Farmers
    Posted in Press Release on October 21, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Chairman of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, issued the following statement regarding Secretary Vilsack’s recent decision to speed up implementation of a critical drought relief provision in the Farm Bill: The provision became effective on February 7 but USDA announced in March that the relief would not be available until 2016. The Secretary announced today that the provision will now be moved up to start with the 2015 sprin... Read more

  • Congressman Conaway Calls on Agriculture Department to Implement the Actual Production History Adjustment for the 2015 Crop Year
    Posted in Press Release on July 10, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Chairman K. Michael Conaway called on the Agriculture Department to implement the Actual Production History adjustment in 2015. The adjustment was part of the 2014 Farm Bill and allows farmers to prevent harvest years that are affected by severe weather from having a negative impact on the calculations determining their crop insurance coverage. "There are farmers and ranchers who have experienced severe drought for three years," Congr... Read more

  • Congressman Conaway Statement on Passage of The Customer Protection and End User Relief Act
    Posted in Press Release on June 24, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy and Environment

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) issued the followed statement on passage of the Customer Protection and End User Relief Act: American agricultural producers, utilities, and other businesses rely on commodities and derivatives markets to serve their customers and compete in a global marketplace. The Customer Protection and End User Relief Act protects them from costly bureaucratic overreach. It also significantly reduces the damage a failed Futures Commission Merchant... Read more

  • Congressman Conaway Praises Approval of the Customer Protection and End User Relief Act
    Posted in Press Release on April 9, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Fiscal Responsibility

    Congressman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) issued the followed statement regarding the House Agriculture Committee’s passage of the Customer Protection and End User Relief Act: “True to its name, the Customer Protection and End User Relief Act makes important progress in protecting Main Street. We strengthen safeguards against another Futures Commission Merchant (FCM), like MF Global, misusing customer funds and significantly reduce the damage a failed FCM can inflict on its customers. We also pro... Read more

  • Congressman Conaway Statement on High-Frequency Trading
    Posted in Press Release on March 31, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    “For millions of Americas, investing remains a path to prosperity and financial security. Our markets are the most robust and innovative markets in the world. They support unparalleled capital formation and critical risk mitigation tools that help grow businesses and create jobs. Market participants are best equipped to determine what role high frequency trading should continue to play. Americans should be wary of an overreaction by Congress or regulators, who may choose to act because of headli... Read more

  • Farm Bill Reduces the Deficit While Also Offering Strong Risk Management Tools for Farmers, Ranchers and Reforming Food Stamps
    Posted in Press Release on January 29, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) released the following statement about the passage of the Farm Bill: “We have produced a fiscally responsible Farm Bill that spends $23 billion less than the 2008 Farm Bill and provides a strong set of risk management tools for our farmers and ranchers, while also taking a step in the right direction on the Food Stamp program. “The largest portion of the deficit reduction comes from eliminating the Direct Payments that provided farmers with support regard... Read more