Chair Bishop's Statement at Member Day Hearing
Congressman Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Chair of the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Subcommittee, delivered the following remarks at the Subcommittee's Member Day hearing:
Good morning. Today, we will hear testimony from our colleagues on both sides of the aisle on the agencies under our Subcommittee’s jurisdiction. As I have often noted, these agencies conduct vital work that touches the lives of all Americans. And today’s hearing represents a great opportunity to listen to a diverse group of Members from across the country share their views on a wide range of issues related to our bill.
We look forward to hearing your thoughts on the appropriations process and learning more about the programs and issues that affect your district and your constituents. Your input is invaluable as we draft funding legislation for the upcoming fiscal year for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the Farm Credit Administration.
Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone that we have several Members testifying today, so we will need to strictly adhere to the five-minute rule to remain on schedule. I want to thank every Member who has taken time out of their schedule to speak to us today. We appreciate your interest in the work of this Subcommittee.