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

July 27, 2021 Statement
"The bill addresses three key priorities: First, ensuring equitable participation in USDA programs. Second, addressing the impacts of climate change. Third, reinvesting in staff and leadership offices at USDA."
July 26, 2021 Statement
"The bill addresses three key priorities. First, it provides nearly $400 million in investments to ensure equitable participation in USDA programs. Second, the bill provides nearly $350 million to address the impacts of climate change. And third, it fully funds federal pay costs and it rebuilds the leadership offices at USDA that were decimated over the past several years."
July 16, 2021 Statement
"The strength of the bills that we have considered and the quality, the tenor, of the debate was outstanding, it reminds us all and it should remind us all that this is the best committee in the House of Representatives and, in fact, our work is at the center of the government and it doesn’t go forward without us."
June 30, 2021 Statement
"It is an increase of more than $2.8 billion – more than 10 percent. And I applaud that. This increase is critical as we work to tackle hunger, lift up rural communities, rebuild public health and safety infrastructure, confront the climate crisis, and foster greater equity."
June 30, 2021 Statement
"The work done by the agencies and staff funded in this bill touches the lives of every citizen. That work was on full display over the past year. From USDA’s domestic nutrition programs adapting to feed millions of children as they learned from home, to issuing moratoriums on foreclosures to address the housing crisis brought on by COVID-19. A large number of USDA veterinary medical officers and other qualified personnel were deployed around the country to help vaccinate people. And of course, we all know of FDA’s tireless work to review COVID-19 vaccine applications and tests."
June 29, 2021 Statement
“After decades of disinvestment and the devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, the American economy is seriously out of balance, favoring the wealthy and well connected and leaving working families behind. But we can reverse these trends. With our funding bills this year, we will invest in the American people: creating good-paying jobs, growing opportunity, and providing a lifeline to the middle class, working families, small businesses, and the vulnerable."
June 25, 2021 Statement
"The COVID-19 pandemic created the greatest public health and economic crisis in a generation – and agriculture and the food system were not spared. Early on, we quite literally watched consolidated food supply chains break right before our eyes. We saw on TV crops being plowed under. We saw that milk was being dumped. And as we build back, we must prioritize resiliency, not just for our farmers, but for American families and children who rely upon a safe, abundant, and accessible supply of food."
June 25, 2021 Statement
"First, by our estimate, the bill provides nearly $400 million in investments solely to ensure equitable participation in USDA programs, more than 16% higher than the administration’s impressive request. Among those investments are increases at our 1890 and 1994 land grant universities, and Hispanic serving institutions. It also provides funding to improve program access to historically underserved communities and provides a healthy increase for USDA’s Office of Civil Rights, above the budget request. Second, it provides nearly $350 million to address the impacts of climate change. Third, it fully funds federal pay costs and rebuilds the leadership offices at USDA that have been decimated over the past several years. These changes will ensure that program levels are not reduced by having to absorb pay costs and that they are properly managed."
May 18, 2021 Statement
"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."
May 12, 2021 Statement
"The problems we face: Ensuring enough food for a growing population; Addressing the existential threat of global climate change; and, Transforming our food system from being reliant on exploitive and extractive practices to being regenerative and restorative – these all have a common denominator: scientific breakthroughs hold the solution."

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