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  • Republican Leader Thompson Welcomes Julia Letlow, Ph.D. to Agriculture Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on April 14, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC — Today, the House Republican Conference ratified Congresswoman Julia Letlow, Ph.D. (LA-05) to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture. Following the announcement, Republican Leader Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-15) issued the following statement: "I am honored to welcome Congresswoman Letlow to the House Agriculture Committee. She will be an invaluable addition to our team, and I know she will be a faithful servant of the people and fierce advocate for farm families and rural comm... Read more

  • Thompson Issues Statement Celebrating National Agriculture Day
    Posted in Press Releases on March 23, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. — House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader Glenn 'GT' Thompson issued the following statement celebrating National Agriculture Day: "It is an incredible honor to represent our farmers, ranchers, and producers every day as Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee. The fruits of their labor have blessed us with the safest and strongest food supply chain in the world. The vitality of rural America is at the heart of all of my work, because when rural America thrive... Read more

  • Republican Leader Thompson Announces Agriculture Committee Staff for 117th Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on March 10, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C.— Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Glenn 'GT' Thompson announced the Committee's Republican staff for the 117th Congress: Joshua Maxwell, Policy Director Maxwellhas served the Committee for nearly two decades, most recently as Senior Professional Staff handling conservation, forestry, energy, and credit, and has worked on the 2008, 2014, and 2018 Farm Bills. Patricia Straughn, Chief Counsel Straughn is reassuming the position of Chief Counsel after more than 13 ... Read more

  • Thompson Announces Agriculture Vice Republican Leader, Subcommittee Rosters for the 117th Congress
    Posted in Press Releases on March 8, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader Glenn 'GT' Thompson (PA-15) announced Rick Crawford (AR-01) as the Vice Republican Leader of the Committee. Mr. Thompson also announced the subcommittee rosters for the 117th Congress. Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Republican members include: Ranking Member Michelle Fischbach (MN-07) Austin Scott (GA-08) Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) Rodney Davis (IL-13) Chris Jacobs (NY-27) Troy Balderson (OH-12) Michael Cloud (TX-27) Rand... Read more

  • Thompson Issues Statement on USDA Reopening Comment Period for Animal Genetic Engineering Regulations
    Posted in Press Releases on March 5, 2021 | Preview rr
    Tags: Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research

    Washington, D.C. — Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced the reopening of the comment period for its advance notice of proposed rulemaking for the streamlined regulatory review of agricultural animals developed through genetic engineering. Following the announcement, Republican Leader of the House Committee on Agriculture, Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, issued the following statement: “I know Secretary Vilsack has a long history of supporting agri... Read more

  • Agriculture Republicans Release Fully-Offset COVID Relief and Recovery Plan
    Posted in Press Releases on February 25, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC – Today, Republican Leader Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson and Republican Members of the House Agriculture Committee released a COVID Relief and Recovery Plan to address the needs of rural communities that were excluded in the House Democrats’ budget reconciliation package. The proposal will be offered as an amendment to House Democrats' American Rescue Plan. “It’s astounding that despite the wish list of political giveaways and excessive spending in the Pelosi Payoff, Democrats somehow manag... Read more

  • Republican Leader Thompson Issues Statement on Vilsack Confirmation
    Posted in Press Releases on February 23, 2021 | Preview rr

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United States Senate confirmed Tom Vilsack as the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) by a vote of 92-7. Following the vote, Republican Leader of the House Committee on Agriculture, Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, issued the following statement: “I’d like to congratulate Tom Vilsack on his confirmation as USDA Secretary. While we may not see eye to eye on all agriculture issues, I look forward to identifying opportunities for bipartisan solutions to rural America’s... Read more

  • Agriculture Republicans Outline Opposition to Partisan Budget Reconciliation Effort
    Posted in Press Releases on February 18, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC – Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15), Republican Leader of the House Committee on Agriculture, and fellow Committee Republicans, outlined their opposition to the Majority’s budget reconciliation recommendations. In addition to a myriad of flawed policies, the measure was drafted behind closed doors without any Republican input. “This partisan approach is particularly galling in the context of the Agriculture Committee, which has long prided itself on being the most bipartisan Committee i... Read more

  • Democrats Praise GOP Amendments to Meet COVID Needs of Rural America, Vote Lockstep to Oppose Them
    Posted in Press Releases on February 10, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, DC – House Committee on Agriculture Republican Leader Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15) issued the following statement after Committee Democrats passed the Agriculture Committee’s portion of the FY21 budget reconciliation bill on a party-line vote: “House Democrats made it explicitly clear today there was never any intention to reach across the aisle and that the collective voice of Rural America would be silenced. In one breath, the Chairman and his members praised our amendments, and in ... Read more

  • Thompson Statement on Agriculture Democrats Release of Partisan Reconciliation Measure
    Posted in Press Releases on February 8, 2021 | Preview rr

    Washington, D.C. – Today, House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-15) issued the following statement after Democrats released the Agriculture Committee’s portion of the FY21 budget reconciliation bill: "Democrats unveiled their $16 billion bill which was drafted behind closed doors, placing secrecy over solutions. The package is neither timely, nor targeted, and will fall devastatingly short of delivering direct relief for the agriculture industry and farm families.... Read more