Statement : Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

October 16, 2019 Statement
"The research is clear – providing, and expanding access to, healthy, nutritious food improves children’s academics and their overall health. Food insecurity is not only a health issue, but also a national security issue."
September 25, 2019 Statement
"Our farmers, ranchers, and producers don’t just feed our own nation, they help feed the world. The commodities we send abroad are a gift from the American people and it is our duty to ensure this generosity is treated with great care to make the most positive impact around the world that we can."
June 19, 2019 Statement
"Today we continue investing For the People with H.R. 3055, consisting of five fiscal year 2020 appropriations bills that offer a brighter future for American families and make American communities safer and stronger."
June 4, 2019 Statement
"The Fiscal Year 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill rejects the President’s misguided budget and instead invests in important initiatives for the people. The bill would reduce hunger at home and abroad, support rural development and our farmers, and ensure the FDA is properly funded to meet the growing needs of regulating our food, medicines, and more."
June 4, 2019 Statement
"The Fiscal Year 2020 allocation for this bill is $24.310 billion – four percent above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level, but more than $5.1 billion above the budget request. Once again, this bill rejects many of the Administration’s draconian cuts to programs that assist our rural communities and vulnerable populations."
May 23, 2019 Statement
"The bill before us rejects the President’s misguided budget and instead invests in important initiatives for the people.The Fiscal Year 2020 Agriculture Appropriations bill would reduce hunger at home and abroad, support rural development and our farmers, and ensure the FDA is properly funded to meet the growing needs of regulating our food, medicines, and more."
May 23, 2019 Statement
"Our fiscal year 2020 allocation is $24.310 billion – four percent above the fiscal year 2019 enacted level. This is more than $5.1 billion above the budget request. ... It is a strong bill that makes extremely important and necessary investments in our rural communities, farm programs, and vulnerable populations."
April 10, 2019 Statement
First, I want to recognize our colleagues, Representatives Pingree, McCollum and DeLauro for suggesting this topic. I am delighted we are having this hearing. Today’s topic is sustainable agriculture. Specifically, the economic opportunities for farmers through such practices. To be sure, our farmers have known for a long time that implementing simple practices such as crop rotation or no-till can increase both soil health and their bottom lines.
April 9, 2019 Statement
I am pleased to introduce our witness, Secretary Perdue. The Secretary and I have a decades-long relationship. He has a deep commitment to our farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. Before we begin, I want to say that we need to get a supplemental disaster bill through Congress. I know the Secretary shares my sense of urgency about this. The House passed its bill in January and we are ready to go to conference with the Senate as soon as it passes a bill. I know all House members are also committed to ensuring the areas of the Midwest that were hit with monumental floods just a few weeks ago have the funds they need.
April 3, 2019 Statement
"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."

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