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April 10, 2019 Press Release
"This is an exciting time for agriculture. New technology and research allow farmers to make more precise and cost-effective business decisions. They can increase yield while at the same time decreasing waste. I think everyone can agree that that is a win-win! And that is what we want to convey today – agriculture is doing its part."
April 9, 2019 Press Release
"The Administration has put forward a woefully underfunded budget request that fails agricultural communities and rural America. Many of the short-sighted proposals contained in the request have been submitted by the Department before and will be rejected by the subcommittee once again."
April 3, 2019 Press Release
"As in past years, FDA’s request is in stark contrast to much of the Federal government. Many administration officials have appeared in the recent weeks defending steep cuts in their budget."
April 2, 2019 Press Release
"This discussion comes at a critical time for our farmers, ranchers, producers, and rural communities. Recent natural disasters across the country – including hurricanes and tornados in my home state of Georgia and unprecedented flooding in Nebraska, the home state of our Distinguished Ranking Member Mr. Fortenberry – have created stress and uncertainty, on top of impacts from the ongoing tariff situation."
March 27, 2019 Press Release
"I am worried that the method for rolling this proposal out and the lack of clear, transparent communication with ERS and NIFA employees has already done irreversible damage to the Department’s reputation."
March 12, 2019 Press Release
"While I am glad you have an active oversight profile, I do have concerns about the number of recommendations that remain open, and the agencies’ efforts to close them out. Based on your last Semiannual Report, there are recommendations pending final agency actions going back to 2005! We’d like to hear your thoughts on how to incentivize the agencies to act."
February 27, 2019 Press Release
"While the full impacts from the shutdown will not be known for some time, there are undoubtedly accrued backlogs of inspections, delayed drug and medical device reviews and potentially exhausted pools of user fees as a result of the shutdown. We look forward to hearing the processes put into place to work through these backlogs as efficiently as possible and other efforts to return to more standard operations."
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June 11, 2014 Press Release

I rise having cosponsored this bill as the ranking member on the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. I have to say that I think we have worked very well together. We have worked together as chair and ranking member over a period of time. It is an interesting perspective. I think we have crossed the cultural divide when a Californian can understand the language of an Alabaman, and we have become friends.

May 20, 2014 Press Release

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

I appreciate the efforts of Chairman Aderholt and Ranking Member Farr to put together this bill, which provides adequate funding for vital programs such as international food aid, nutritional assistance, and food safety.