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  • Rep. Conaway demands answers from USDA secretary on FSIS furlough plans
    Posted in Press Release on February 20, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, has asked Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack for answers on how the U.S. Agriculture Department plans to implement its sequester cuts. The agency announced a few weeks ago that it may furlough USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service meat inspectors if sequestration goes into effect March 1. As the secretary has not made public how the agency will cont... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway criticizes USDA for threatening to furlough meat inspectors
    Posted in Press Release on February 14, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas), chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, issued the following statement on the announcement that U.S. Agriculture Department meat inspectors may be furloughed if the sequester goes into effect: “USDA’s threat of furloughing federal meat inspectors would severely damage the availability of American meat products. Essential services should not be threatened to make a political point, and ensuri... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway retains House Agriculture subcommittee chairmanship
    Posted in Press Release on December 20, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) announced today that he will serve a second term as the chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management. The subcommittee oversees the farm bill’s commodity title, crop insurance and commodity exchange laws. This will be Rep. Conaway’s third term as the top Republican on a House Agriculture subcommittee; he was previously the ranking member on the Rural Development, Biotechnology, Specialt... Read more

  • Rep. Conaway, Ag Committee members call for answers on CFTC Dodd-Frank implementation
    Posted in Press Release on December 20, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    U.S. Representative K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) led a bipartisan letter sent to Commodity Futures Trade Commission Chairman Gary Gensler and commissioners today asking for answers on how the commission will regulate cross-border derivatives transactions. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act establishes new rules for these transactions. Today’s letter follows a House Agriculture General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee hearing, which examined the impact ... Read more

  • Conaway statement on the House Financial Services Committee’s MF Global Report
    Posted in Press Release on November 15, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Washington, DC – Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement today: “I commend the House Committee on Financial Services for producing a thorough account of the MF Global collapse. Do not assume the intent of this report was to provoke the perennial argument about merging the CFTC and SEC. A jurisdictional fight between committees is quite possibly the least helpful thing Congress can do for MF Global’s customers right now. “We would do a disservice to our constituents if we re... Read more

  • Conaway: Trust between financial market participants is essential to our nation’s economic growth
    Posted in Press Release on July 26, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, issued the following statement after the House Agriculture Committee hearing on oversight of the Swaps and Futures Markets: “Trust between financial market participants is essential to our nation’s economic growth and it should come as no surprise that it is hard to find in high finance today. Today’s hearing was not about assigning blame for any of the recent failure and scandals,... Read more

  • Opening Statement from Oversight of the Swaps and Futures Markets hearing
    Posted in Speeches and Floor Statements on July 25, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    House Committee on Agriculture “Oversight of the Swaps and Futures Markets: Recent Events and Impending Regulatory Reforms” July 25, 2012 (Remarks as Prepared) Mr. Chairman, I want to thank you for convening this hearing today. Over the past several months, the financial services industry has continued to garner headlines; unfortunately not often for flattering reasons. We have witnessed a large public trade go awry; another Futures Commission Merchant misplace a significant amount of customer f... Read more

  • Conaway: House farm bill saves more money, fairer than Senate bill
    Posted in Press Release on July 12, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, issued the following statement regarding House Agriculture Committee passage of the farm bill today: “For our kids and our grandkids, we need to get Washington’s spending under control, eliminate huge annual deficits, and begin to chip away at our mounting national debt. “We have a moral duty to rein in government spending, eliminate huge annual deficits, and begin to chip away at ... Read more

  • Conaway says House Farm Bill gets it right
    Posted in Press Release on July 6, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Rep. K. Michael Conway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, issued the following statement regarding the House version of the farm bill that was unveiled today: “For our kids and our grandkids, we need to get Washington’s spending under control, eliminate huge annual deficits, and begin to chip away at our mounting national debt. “The farm bill that the House Agriculture Committee unveiled today contributes to this goal by cutting more than ... Read more

  • Senate Farm Bill Misses the Mark
    Posted in Press Release on June 21, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) made the following statement after the Senate voted to pass its lopsided version of the 2012 Farm Bill. The legislation will now move to the House, which is currently writing its version. The current farm act expires at the end of September. “This bill flat misses the mark, leaving little money for agriculture. “The legislation passed by the Senate today lacks regional balance by providing new entitlements for a handful of states while freezing out all other... Read more

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