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Bipartisan bill will change checkerboard of broadband connectivity in rural America

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The Hill By Republican Leader Glenn "GT" Thompson (PA-15) Millions of Americans lack access to reliable, high-speed internet service, and the inequality is particularly striking in rural America. The rural broadband gap results in lost opportunities to expand businesses, learn new skills, educate our children or even participate in daily activities. I represent a sprawling rural district that enco...

A growing economy provides opportunity to move more Americans off food stamps

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Houston Chronicle By Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) and Horace Cooper, co-chairman of the Project 21 Black Leadership Network The American economy is growing rapidly, unemployment is at historic lows and job opportunities are everywhere. We can all agree it is a terrific time for Americans looking to enter the workforce. But when the Trump administration recently finalized a rule that s...

Closing the Gap Between Welfare and Work

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Florida Daily By Rep.Ted Yoho (FL-3), member of the House Agriculture Committee Recently, there have been a variety of stories in the news reflecting extensive fraud and abuse of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). In New Jersey alone, a grocery store employee admitted he took part in a $1.9 million SNAP fraud scheme, and separately, a couple admitt...

Clear Water Rule means relief for farmers, ranchers

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The Hill By Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11) and Zippy Duvall, president American Farm Bureau Federation In 2015 the Obama administration created a “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule that was so broad and vague that almost any spot where rainwater flows or pools might be tagged as a federally protected body of water. With the stroke of a pen, farmers and ranchers across the heartland suddenly did not know...

Conaway: Texas Values at the Heart of Farm Bill Talks

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San Angelo Standard-Times By Chairman K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) The history of Texas is found in its dirt. It was written by generations of farmers and ranchers who coaxed life out of our hardscrabble countryside, pioneering families who braved the wilderness and established communities like San Angelo that we still call home today. Every Texan since has reaped blessings from the land they tamed...

Mike Conaway, Ted Yoho and Neal Dunn: Input from the field needed for farm bill

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The Gainesville Sun Take a step back and listen. That’s important advice to anyone working in Washington, but especially to those of us fortunate enough to represent our friends and neighbors in the halls of Congress. And nowhere does that ring clearer than within the agricultural community. With less than 2 percent of Americans directly involved in production agriculture, the few caretakers of ou...

Protecting our Farmers and Ranchers

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GoSanAngelo By Chairman K.Michael Conaway (TX-11) America is blessed with the safest, most affordable, and most abundant food and fiber supply mankind has ever known. This is made possible thanks to the men and women who dutifully care for their crops and livestock each and every day. Most factors that affect a farmer’s livelihood — like unpredictable weather events, fluctuations in commodity mark...

Honoring America’s farmers and ranchers

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By Mike Conaway America's farmers and ranchers are undeniably some of the most dedicated and humble individuals in this country. Without complaint, rain or shine, they simply wake up and work hard because that is what's needed to keep our country running. But despite their best efforts, America's farmers and ranchers are facing real challenges today. Net farm income is estimated to fall 56 percent...

Giving Thanks for America's Bounty

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As we gather this Thanksgiving with our families and friends to celebrate our many blessings, it is fitting to also recognize the farmers and ranchers who provided the food on our tables. Thanksgiving is a cherished time for most American families, especially those who make their living off the land. Throughout our nation’s history, our ancestors have gathered during the harvest season to give tha...

A Solid Start for the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress

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By Chairman K. Michael Conaway When I became Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in January of this year, I had one primary goal: to ensure that America’s farmers and ranchers have the policies in place that they need to feed, fuel, and clothe the nation while ensuring stability and consistency for farmers, ranchers, consumers, markets, and rural communities. After all, agriculture is the ...

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