FarmPolicy

July 22, 2017

Sen. Pryor Highlights Farm Bill in Floor Remarks

Categories: Farm Bill

On the Senate floor today, Sen. Mark Pryor (D., Ark.) discussed the Farm Bill and called on Congress to pass a comprehensive farm bill.

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From National Journal: Inside the House Agriculture Committee

From National Journal Online: “From the food stamps bill on the House floor this week to farmland conservation and commodities regulation, there is very little about the nation’s food supply that the House Agriculture Committee doesn’t help govern. Watch the video above for an inside look at the National Journal special.”

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Video: Sen. Toomey Discusses The RFS On The Senate Floor

Today on the Senate floor, Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) highlighted issues associated with the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).

In part, Sen. Toomey indicated that: “WE’VE GOTTEN TO THE POINT WHERE THIS YEAR THIS MANDATE WILL REQUIRE THAT OVER 40% OF ALL THE CORN WE GROW IN AMERICA IS GOING TO BE TURNED INTO ETHANOL AND BURNED IN OUR GASOLINE TANKS…WE ARE LITERALLY BURNING OUR FOOD.

“THAT’S WHAT WE’RE DOING ON A VERY, VERY LARGE SCALE.

“AND THE WAY THIS LAW WORKS IS IT REQUIRES INCREASES EVERY YEAR IN THE AMOUNT OF ETHANOL THAT WE ARE FORCED TO BURN THROUGH OUR GASOLINE TANKS. THE FACT IS, MR.PRESIDENT, THIS POLICY IS HARMFUL TO OUR ENVIRONMENT, IT IS UNAMBIGUOUSLY RAISING FOOD PRICES, IT MAKES IT MORE EXPENSIVE TO FILL UP AT THE GAS PUMP, AND IT IS COSTING — AND IT IS REALLY THREATENING GOOD-PAYING JOBS IN PENNSYLVANIA AND IN OTHER STATES.

IT IS TIME FOR THIS TO GO, AND WHAT MY AMENDMENT WOULD DO WOULD BE COMPLETELY REPEAL THIS RENEWABLE FUEL STANDARD, WHICH IS OVERDUE, AND I KNOW THERE’S BROAD SUPPORT FOR PEELING THIS BACK.”

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Rep. McGovern Discusses SNAP on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal Program

Categories: Farm Bill

From C-SPAN, Washington Journal program, Sept. 19- “Representative James McGovern (D-MA) talked about H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, which the House was to begin debate later in the day. He focused on the portion of the bill that would cut $40 billion over 10 years to the funding for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps. He also responded to telephone calls and electronic communications.”

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Farm Bill; Budget; Biofuels; and, Immigration

Farm Bill- House SNAP Measure

David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “House Republicans pushed toward a showdown vote on food stamp cuts Thursday despite growing concern about the level of the reductions and their impact on already ongoing state and city efforts to improve employment training for the poor.

“The 10-year savings of $39 billion would hit hardest in the next 24 months. An estimated 3.8 million people could be dropped from the rolls in 2014, and another 850,000 see a reduction in benefits. Together with already scheduled cuts in November, this will translate into a 12 percent reduction in federal spending for food stamp benefits by 2015.”

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