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Ranking Member David Scott Statement on Boozman's Farm Bill Framework

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Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott released the following statement after Ranking Member John Boozman published a farm bill summary that mimics the House Republicans' partisan farm bill. “By copying the approach taken by House Agriculture Republicans, the Senate Agriculture Republican minority has chosen to ignore Democratic warnings by putting forth policies, particular...

Ranking Member David Scott Statement on Republican Farm Bill

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Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott made the following statement after Chairman GT Thompson advanced partisan legislation out of Committee. “For over a year, Democrats have engaged with the Chairman, striving for a genuinely bipartisan farm bill that meets the needs of our farmers and the families they feed. This partisan farm bill fails that test by pitting farmers again...

Ranking Member David Scott Opening Statement at Partisan Farm Bill Markup

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House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott today delivered the following statement at a full Committee markup of the Republicans' partisan farm bill. Watch the full hearing here. [As prepared for delivery] Today we are marking up the a farm bill that undermines and hurts both our farmers and our American families, and here is why: This farm bill makes the largest financial cut to SNAP ...

House Republicans Are Playing Political Games with the Farm Bill

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Today, Britton T. Burdick, Communications Director for House Agriculture Democrats, released the following statement: “House Republicans have spent over a year ignoring the red lines and core values of House Democrats. This unforced error will lead to a badly embarrassing result: a partisan farm bill that cannot pass on the House Floor. House Republicans charted this path through double-talk, back...

What They Are Saying: Groups Oppose Partisan Farm Bill

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WASHINGTON – National, state, and local leaders and groups oppose the House Republicans' partisan farm bill. The bill would institute the largest cut to SNAP, America's most effective anti-poverty program, in nearly 30 years. Additionally, it rescinds critical funds for climate-smart agricultural practices secured by House Democrats in the Inflation Reduction Act and limits the ability of the USDA...

Ranking Member David Scott Reacts to Partisan Farm Bill

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Today, House Agriculture Ranking Member David Scott released the below statement following the unveiling of the long-awaited partisan farm bill text by Agriculture Committee Republicans. “The discussion draft released by Chairman Thompson today confirms my worst fears: House Republicans plan to pay for the farm bill by taking food out of the mouths of America’s hungry children, restricting farmers...

Ranking Member David Scott, Chair Debbie Stabenow Statement on Farm Bill Process

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Today, House Agriculture Ranking Member David Scott and Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow released the below statement following a meeting with House Agriculture Committee Democrats and Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries. “House and Senate Democrats remain committed to passing a strong, bipartisan farm bill that strengthens the farm and family safety n...

Ranking Member Scott Statement on Republican Rejection of Bipartisan Farm Bill

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Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott released the following statement in response to the decision by Agriculture Committee Republicans to reject a bipartisan farm bill compromise. "Agriculture Committee Democrats presented a farm bill counterproposal to our Republican colleagues as part of an ongoing, years-long bipartisan process that could invest tens of billions of doll...

Ranking Member David Scott Opening Statement at Foreign Influence on U.S. Agriculture Hearing

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House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott today delivered the following statement at a full Committee hearing regarding concerns over foreign influence on American agriculture. Watch the full hearing here. [As prepared for delivery] The purpose of today’s hearing is to discuss the influence that China has on American agriculture. Unfortunately, some of the rhetoric surrounding this to...

Bipartisan Members Plot Roadmap to Ease Farm Labor Crisis

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House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott and Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson released the following joint statement after the bipartisan Agricultural Labor Working Group (ALWG) released its final report. The final report is the product of a months-long effort to identify workforce issues faced by the nation’s agricultural producers and offer specific policy recommendations to address fl...

Ranking Member David Scott Opening Statement at Hearing with CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam

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House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott today delivered the following statement at a full Committee hearing with Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Rostin Behnam. Watch the full hearing here. [As prepared for delivery] Thank you, Mr. Chairman. Welcome Chairman Behnam. While the Committee remains hard at work on crafting the next farm bill, I’m pleased we can show the worl...

Ranking Member David Scott Applauds Creation of New EPA Office Focusing on Agriculture and Rural Affairs

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Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott released the following statement in celebration of the establishment of the Office of Agriculture and Rural Affairs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which expands engagement opportunities with agricultural and rural communities. “I applaud the Biden-Harris Administration’s decision to elevate the Agriculture Advisor position...

Ranking Member David Scott Congratulates Dr. Basil Ivanhoe Gooden on Confirmation as Under Secretary of Rural Development

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"I would like to extend my congratulations to Dr. Basil Ivanhoe Gooden on his Senate confirmation as Under Secretary of Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Revitalizing rural America is a key principle for House Agriculture Democrats as we continue working on the farm bill. From bringing billions of dollars in investments in renewable energy to rural communities to ensuring a ...

Ranking Member David Scott Applauds Release of USDA Equity Commission’s Final Report

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Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott released the following statement in response to the publication of the final report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Equity Commission, which lists 66 final recommendations for advancing equity across the department. “This report, and indeed the very existence of the USDA Equity Commission, is a historic step toward addressi...

Ranking Member David Scott Opening Statement at Hearing with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

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House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott today delivered the following statement at a full Committee hearing with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Watch the full hearing here. [As prepared for delivery] Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for holding this hearing today. The last time Secretary Vilsack sat before this Committee as a witness in March of last year, I spoke of beginning t...

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