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  • Opening Statement: Republican Leader Glenn "GT" Thompson Full Committee Business Meeting: "To consider H.R. 4252, H.R. 2361, H.R. 5608, H.R. 3532, H.R. 4489, H.R. 5609, and H.R. 5589"
    Posted in Opening Statements on October 21, 2021 | Preview rr

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: I appreciate the opportunity for Members to come together and advance thoughtful solutions at this markup. Among the bills, I am excited we will consider bipartisan legislation that my friend Ron Kind and I have been working on for months: H.R. 5608, the Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act. CWD has been a big problem for the deer populations in Pennsylvania for quite some time, but the problem doesn’t stop in my home state—the disease has spread ... Read more

  • Thompson's CWD Bill Passes Committee Unanimously
    Posted in Press Releases on October 21, 2021 | Preview rr

    Today, the House Agriculture Committee unanimously passed H.R. 5608, the Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act. The bill was introduced by Republican Leader Glenn "GT" Thompson and Representative Ron Kind of Wisconsin and is the result of many months of bipartisan work and engagement with dozens of stakeholders. The bill now awaits consideration on the House floor. Following the Committee passage of the bill, Republican Leader Thompson issued the following statement: "The Chronic W... Read more

  • ICYMI: Republican Leader Thompson, Rep. Ron Kind Introduce Bill to Combat Chronic Wasting Disease
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on October 20, 2021 | Preview rr

    Yesterday, Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee Glenn "GT" Thompson and Representative Ron Kind of Wisconsin introduced a bipartisan bill to combat chronic wasting disease (CWD). Tomorrow, October 21, the Committee will mark up this legislation in addition to a number of other bills. Please see below for a press release from Mr. Thompson's office. Reps. Thompson, Kind Introduce the Bipartisan Chronic Wasting Disease Research and Management Act U.S. Reps. Glenn "GT" Thompson (R-P... Read more

  • Opening Statement: Republican Glenn "GT" Thompson Full Committee Hearing: "To Review the State of the Livestock Industry"
    Posted in Opening Statements on October 7, 2021 | Preview rr

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good afternoon. On countless occasions, I’ve mentioned the importance of this Committee getting back to holding hearings to explore issues facing production agriculture and conducting oversight of the numerous programs administered by the Department of Agriculture—especially as we gear up for the next Farm Bill. So in that regard, I am thankful, Mr. Chairman, that we are giving the livestock industry the attention it deserves today. While it is always nice to he... Read more

  • Thompson: Holding China Accountable Benefits Rural Economies
    Posted in Press Releases on October 4, 2021 | Preview rr

    Today, Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, Glenn “GT” Thompson, issued the following statement regarding Ambassador Tai’s address to the Center for Strategic & International Studies concerning the United States’ bilateral relationship with China: "I have tremendous respect for Ambassador Tai, including her role in the development and passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement. I remain hopeful she will invigorate the Biden Administration’s stagnant U.S. trade agenda, one... Read more

  • Thompson Statement on Disaster Relief Provisions in Continuing Resolution
    Posted in Press Releases on September 30, 2021 | Preview rr

    Following the announcement of the inclusion of funding for agricultural disaster assistance for producers as a part of the Continuing Resolution, Republican Leader Glenn "GT" Thompson issued the following statement: "Now that the fate of the Continuing Resolution is not sabotaged by a wrongheaded attempt to link it to the debt ceiling, I am pleased the appropriators were able to include producer assistance for 2020 and 2021 losses. This $10 billion will help address many of the needs of farmers ... Read more

  • Thompson Lambasts Partisan Reconciliation Process
    Posted in In Case You Missed It on September 30, 2021 | Preview rr

    Today, Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, Glenn "GT" Thompson, delivered a scathing speech on the House floor regarding the partisan reconciliation process. "This sham of a process is an insult to the 201 years of the House Agriculture Committee’s bipartisanship," Thompson said. "I refuse to stand idly by as this Committee is driven into the ground by a partisan process that leaves rural America behind:" "Madam Speaker, "I rise today with great disappointment as we await a vot... Read more

  • Opening Statement: Ranking Member Doug LaMalfa Conservation & Forestry Subcommittee Hearing: "The 2021 Wildland Fire Year: Responding to and Mitigating Threats to Communities"
    Posted in Opening Statements on September 29, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Conservation and Forestry

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: Welcome, Chief Moore, and thank you for being here today. Like so many others who live in the West or near forests, this is an extremely important and personal issue to me and those that I represent. I want to begin by recognizing our firefighters on the ground who risk their lives every day to confront these disasters head-on. To our firefighters, I say thank you for your selfless dedication to protecting our family and friends, our homes and communities, and o... Read more

  • Thompson: Reconciliation Bill a Trojan Horse for American Agriculture
    Posted in Press Releases on September 24, 2021 | Preview rr

    Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, upon review of the recently revealed reconciliation text, criticized the measure as an affront to the Farm Bill process and a Trojan Horse for American agriculture: “This bill is an attack on the Farm Bill process by extending narrow, partisan priorities beyond their expiration while leaving production agriculture hanging by the vine. This is what happens when congressional committees are held hostage by party leader... Read more

  • Opening Statement: Republican Leader Glenn "GT" Thompson Full Committee Hearing: “Voluntary Carbon Markets in Agriculture and Forestry”
    Posted in Opening Statements on September 23, 2021 | Preview rr

    Remarks as prepared for delivery: Mr. Chairman, thank you for holding today's hearing to review carbon markets. In July, I requested this hearing, along with legislative hearings on several proposed climate bills within our jurisdiction. Unfortunately, it seems many Members and stakeholders feel rushed to move legislation on carbon markets without Congress thoroughly vetting the issue. Honestly, I would have preferred a hearing on the many issues the Committee should be addressing, such as Farm ... Read more