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Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Don Bacon Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee Hearing: “A 2022 Review of the Farm Bill: Stakeholder Perspectives on SNAP”

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Madam Chair. And thank you to our witnesses, for sharing your time and expertise with the subcommittee. I was a freshman throughout the drafting and finalizing of the 2018 Farm Bill; to say the process is daunting and the work tremendous is simply an understatement. Policy is tough, exacerbated here by the reach and role of SNAP—a program that is curren...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Don Bacon Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee Hearing: “Review of the Office of the Inspector General Report on ‘USDA Oversight of Civil Rights Complaints’”

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Madam Chairwoman. And thank you to our witness today. I welcome Inspector Fong to the Subcommittee and look forward to the discussion. First and foremost, while I appreciate the work of OIG on this review, I remain uncertain as to why we would not bring the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR, pronounced OS-CAR), even if it involve...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Don Bacon Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee Hearing: “Review of USDA Nutrition Distribution Programs”

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Thank you, Madam Chairwoman. And thank you to each of our witnesses for your participation today. I must first again reiterate how important it is for this Committee—and frankly most of the Committees in Congress—to bring forward the Administration for conversations like these. Whether it be the Agriculture Committee or not, this Administration is AWOL. We are failing at our obligation as policyma...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Don Bacon Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Subcommittee Hearing: The Future of SNAP: Moving Past the Pandemic

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good afternoon, and welcome to our witnesses. Thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge, experiences, and advice on how to best move forward in our mission to ensure those in need have access to SNAP. Based on the title of this hearing, I am hopeful we can use today to discuss not only the Department’s emergency response to COVID-19, but where improvem...

Opening Statement: Republican Leader Glenn 'GT' Thompson Full Committee Hearing: A Look at Food Insecurity in America

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Good morning. First, let me thank our witnesses for their time and attention. Your participation—in what is this Committee’s first, or at least more fulsome, attempt at publicly reviewing the pandemic and Congress’ response—is much appreciated. This pandemic has infiltrated our lives in every sense possible. Unfortunately, the brunt of it was borne on our communit...

Johnson, Conaway: Farmers to Families Food Box Program Off to a Good Start

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Committee’s Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations Subcommittee held a hearing to review the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farmers to Families Food Box program. After the hearing, Subcommittee Ranking Member Dusty Johnson (SD-AL) and Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) released the following remarks: “When C...

Conaway Statement on Finalized ABAWD Rule

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Washington, D.C. – Earlier today, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) finalized a rule that supports the Administration’s commitment to promoting employment by applying common-sense standards to policies affecting able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program (SNAP) benefits. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Co...

Opening Statement: Ranking Member Dusty Johnson - Subcommittee on Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations Public Hearing: “Review of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights”

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Remarks as prepared for delivery: Thank you, Madam Chair. Welcome, Ms. Earp. Thank you for taking the time to discuss the important work being done by your office – the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR). I want to first recognize your service to this country. You have dedicated yourself to the American people and the agencies that serve them for decades. You have been both...

Conaway, Johnson: USDA Civil Rights Office Moving in the Right Direction

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Washington, D.C. – Today, the House Agriculture Committee’s Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations Subcommittee held a hearing to review the United States Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR). After the hearing, Subcommittee Ranking Member Dusty Johnson (SD-AL) and Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) released the following r...

Johnson: Not One Child

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Washington, D.C. – In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a proposed rule aiming to stop State abuse of eligibility determinations within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Tuesday, USDA released a requested analysis regarding the potential impact on free and reduced lunches for children in households affected by this proposed rule. Nutrition, Oversight, and...

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