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  • 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

  • Rep. Conaway praises farm bill passage
    Posted in Press Release on July 11, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives voted 216-208 to pass the farm bill: “This piece of legislation wasn’t written overnight – it’s the result of four long years of debate, a two-year audit of every single policy administered by the USDA, 40 hearings and two committee markups. “There are many reasons... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway statement on farm bill
    Posted in Press Release on June 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, issued the following statement today after the House of Representatives failed to pass the farm bill: “Democrats torpedoed this important legislation for one reason: because they couldn’t accept a 2 percent cut in food stamps. These Democrats were willing to sacrifice production agriculture and the men and women who feed and clothe our coun... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway praises House committee passage of farm bill
    Posted in Press Release on May 15, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, issued the following statement today after full House committee passage of the farm bill: “This farm bill is the first meaningful, multi-year piece of legislation taken up since the implementation of the sequester. It cuts nearly $40 billion in spending in 10 years while ensuring the sustainability of American agriculture. “The bill strengt... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway praises committee passage of two ag bills
    Posted in Press Release on March 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Veterans

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) today praised the House Agriculture Committee’s passage of two bills he has supported that would help prevent Dodd-Frank from hurting end users and the swaps market. H.R. 1003, introduced by Rep. Conaway, would require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to quantify the costs and benefits of future regulations and orders. It would also mandate that the commission quantify the impact of market liquidity, a marked change from the current policy... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway praises Senate adoption of amendment to halt meat inspection furloughs
    Posted in Press Release on March 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) issued the following statement today in support of the Blunt/Pryor Senate amendment that would prevent the furloughing of Food Safety and Inspection Service meat inspectors: “Inspecting and ensuring the safety and availability of American meat products is not negotiable. I commend the Senate, in particular the leadership of Senator Roy Blunt, for working diligently to ensure that the Food Safety and Inspection Service has the funds they need to fu... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway introduces bipartisan bill to update CFTC cost-benefit analysis
    Posted in Press Release on March 8, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) has introduced a bipartisan bill that would require the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to quantify the costs and benefits of future regulations and orders. The bill, H.R. 1003, would also mandate that the commission quantify the impact of market liquidity, a marked change from the current policy of just “considering” costs. Rep. Conaway, chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, also intr... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway: Secretary Vilsack must disavow USDA official’s sequester comments
    Posted in Press Release on March 5, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding a U.S. Agriculture Department email instructing a manager not to contradict “what we said the impact would be” of the sequester: “I call on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to immediately and strongly denounce recent comments from an anonymous USDA official made public today calling on managers not to contradict the administration’s publicized impact of the sequester. That position, if not retracted, means... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway statement on sequester
    Posted in Press Release on March 1, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Veterans

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) issued the following statement on today’s sequester deadline: “The House of Representatives, which comprises one-half of one-third of the branches of the federal government, has passed two bills to mitigate the effects of the sequester and make smart choices on where spending can be cut. We’ve waited on the president and the Democrat-controlled Senate to act, and their inaction is why the sequester is kicking in. “While the ways the sequester cuts... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway: Lesser prairie chicken comment period to be reopened
    Posted in Press Release on February 28, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) today announced that the Fish and Wildlife Service will reopen the public comment period on the potential listing of the lesser prairie chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Daniel Ashe announced the decision in a Feb. 27 letter to Rep. Conaway. Rep. Conaway joined eight of his House colleagues earlier this month in asking Director Ashe for at least a 60-day extension of the comment period ... Read more

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