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

June 23, 2022 Statement
"The investments in this bill are so important. They support those who need us most by fighting hunger, safeguarding our food supply, and lifting up rural communities. I am proud of this bill and the impact I know it will have."
June 23, 2022 Statement
"We all eat the food, rely on the medicine and medical devices, and use the fibers and materials made possible by this bill. The bill invests in our rural communities as well as the institutions that develop our agricultural sector and safeguard our medicine and food are vital to our country’s well-being. And the bill provides vital safety nets for our most vulnerable populations."
June 15, 2022 Statement
"About this bill –this bill has the power to ensure every consumer and our farmers, our ranchers, and our rural communities are supported and can access the safe, accessible, and the resilient food supply they deserve. I am proud that this bill builds on the 2022 government spending package with an increase of over $2 billion over last year."
June 15, 2022 Statement
"Today, we are considering a bill which touches the lives of every single American. We all eat the food, rely on the medicine and medical devices, and use the fibers and materials made possible and kept safe by this bill. This bill’s investments in our rural communities as well as the institutions that develop our agricultural sector and safeguard our medicine and food are vital to our country’s well-being."
May 25, 2022 Statement
"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."
May 25, 2022 Statement
"In the wealthiest nation in the world, babies should not be at risk of going hungry. Parents should not have to play a guessing game and wonder if they are feeding their babies something that is safe. But unfortunately, that is where corporate greed, consolidation of formula production into just four major companies, and a lack of proper oversight have led us."
May 25, 2022 Statement
"Both Abbott and FDA share in the blame for the situation we are in right now. I can only imagine the worry and stress families are under, and I am glad this committee will give a voice to those stories today."
May 19, 2022 Statement
"I understand that the FDA has begun to take action to address the shortage, which is encouraging. I remain concerned about the safety of the formulas that end up on our shelves. As I have said, we cannot be forced to make a false choice between safety and supply."
May 19, 2022 Statement
"FDA continues to play a vital role in ensuring the safety and efficacy of vaccines and drugs designed to address the coronavirus.  However, there are countless other ways your work matters to Americans, and we need to ensure those critical responses get the attention they need." 
March 29, 2022 Statement
"Day in day out, OIG staff are truly the unsung heroes in the battle against waste, fraud, and abuse. Your work through audits, investigations, and reviews helps protect the taxpayers’ interests while improving the Department’s effectiveness and efficiency."

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