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Thompson: White House Hunger Conference Nothing More Than a Political Stunt

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Today, Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-PA), Republican Leader of the House Committee on Agriculture, issued the following statement regarding the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health: "Republicans undoubtedly share an interest in improving the health of all Americans. Yet, the disorderly nature in which this Conference came to fruition has sparked legitimate concerns. From unanswere...

Thompson: Commitment to America Will Restore a Robust Rural Economy

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Today, in Monongahela, Pennsylvania, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy and members of the House Republican Conference unveiled the "Commitment to America," a policy framework to build a strong American economy and overcome the failed policies from Congressional Democrats and the Biden Administration. Following the press conference, Glenn "GT" Thompson, Republican Leader of the House Committee...

Republican Ag Committee Members Question Biden Administration’s Executive Overreach

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Today, Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, Republican Leader of the House Committee on Agriculture, was joined by every Republican member of the committee in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack questioning the Biden Administration’s overreaching executive actions. In the letter, the Members write, “As you are aware, a recent Supreme Court decision, West Virginia v...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Doug LaMalfa Conservation and Forestry Subcommittee Hearing: "A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Stakeholder Perspectives on Title II Conservation Programs"

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Chairwoman Spanberger. I appreciate you holding this hearing and the opportunity to discuss the 2018 Farm Bill’s Conservation Title. Title II conservation programs are voluntary and incentive-based, providing direct benefits to producers, their operations, and the land alike. The delivery of the farm bill’s conservation programs is a proven model that w...

GOP Committee Leaders Call Out Biden Administration for Overstepping Regulatory Authority on WOTUS

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Today, Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, Republican Leader of the House Committee on Agriculture, joined several of his colleagues in sending a letter to Michael Regan, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Michael Connor, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, raising concerns about regulatory actions taken by the EPA and the United States Army Corps of Engineers which...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Glenn "GT" Thompson Full Committee on Agriculture Hearing: "A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Broadband"

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Mr. Chairman. As we have heard across multiple hearings this Congress, the need for better broadband connectivity in rural America is immense. In the past, I have talked about the checkerboard of connectivity in my home state of Pennsylvania, with some communities well served, while their neighbors—sometimes just down the street—struggle to download the...

Thompson Reacts to USDA's Unilateral Climate Investment

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Today, Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15), Republican Leader of the House Committee on Agriculture, issued the statement below following an announcement from Secretary Tom Vilsack that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded billions to "Partnerships for Climate-Smart Commodities" projects via the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC): "The Biden Administration is unilaterally spending bi...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Glenn "GT" Thompson Full Committee on Agriculture Hearing: “Soil Health Practices and Programs that Support Regenerative Agriculture”

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Chairman Scott. Encouraging soil health and responsible conservation practices in agriculture have been central goals and priorities supported by Congress since the 1930s. Through the farm bill, producers and landowners can access a variety of conservation programs and tools to incorporate activities that support a variety of natural resources. These pr...

Thompson Welcomes Rep. Brad Finstad to the House Agriculture Committee

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Today, Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, Republican Leader of the House Committee on Agriculture, issued the following statement welcoming Representative Brad Finstad (MN-01) to the House Agriculture Committee. Rep. Finstad was elected to serve Minnesota’s First Congressional District – filling the vacant seat after the untimely passing of former Agriculture Committee Member Jim Hagedorn. "Rep. Brad Finst...

Thompson Slams Passage of Democrats’ Reckless Tax-and-Spend Legislation

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Today, House Democrats passed H.R. 5376, a disingenuous and partisan exercise that lacked robust debate and hearings and does nothing to provide relief to rural America. Following the vote, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15), Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the statement below: "America’s farm families and consumers are continuing to grapple with an economic recession, y...

Rep. Kat Cammack: The hits keep coming — Navigating the challenges of America’s cattle markets

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Agri-Pulse By Rep. Kat Cammack (FL-03) As the only Florida Republican on the House Agriculture Committee, I have traveled extensively to meet producers across our district and great state to understand their challenges and unique needs. Florida’s cattle industry is not only the nation's second-leading state in cow-calf production but one of the top 15 largest in the United States. The cattle indus...

Republican Leader Thompson Statement on Democrats’ Partisan Spending Bill

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Today, Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, issued the following statement ahead of this week’s expected consideration of Democrats’ partisan spending bill on the House floor: "Once again, Democrats in Washington are jamming through more reckless, partisan legislation without a single hearing or markup and absent public input from stakeholders. Billions i...

Thompson on the Tragic Passing of Rep. Jackie Walorski and Members of Staff

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Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15), issued the following statement after the sudden and tragic passing of Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) and two members of her staff: "It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart that I mourn the sudden and tragic loss of Representative Jackie Walorski and two valued members of her staff. Jackie, a former Member of th...

Democrat Wildfire Bill Misses the Mark

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Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the so-called Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act. H.R. 5118 is House Democrats’ latest messaging bill which is duplicative in nature and won’t provide the U.S. Forest Service with the tools and resources needed to combat America’s wildfire crisis. Prior to passage of H.R. 5118, Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Glen...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Jim Baird Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research Subcommittee Hearing: "An Examination of the USDA Hemp Production Program”

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning, and thank you, Chair Plaskett for holding this hearing today, and to our witnesses for joining us. I think it is noteworthy to mention this is the first hearing the House Committee on Agriculture has held on hemp, ever. Mind you, the 2014 Farm Bill authorized the hemp research pilot program and the 2018 Farm Bill subsequently legalized hemp productio...

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