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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...

Ranking Member David Scott Statement Following Testimony by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack

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Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott released the following statement following an hours-long hearing featuring U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack as the star witness. Watch the hearing here. “Today’s hearing confirmed much of what we already know: Secretary Vilsack is faithfully executing his constitutional duty to America’s farmers and families, and House Republicans...

Agriculture Committee Democrats Release Principles for the Next Farm Bill

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Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott and Committee Democrats published a memo laying out the principles the next farm bill should include to win the support of the House Democratic Caucus. The principles are distilled from farm bill priorities submitted by Democratic Members across the Caucus and represent the shared values of House Democrats, including protecting histori...

Ranking Member David Scott, Chairman Thompson Statement on Passing of Michael Gill

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Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott and Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson released the following statement on the passing of Michael "Mike" Gill: “We are deeply saddened to hear about the tragic and untimely passing of Mike Gill, former chief of staff to CFTC Commissioner Chris Giancarlo. Mike was a dedicated public servant, loving father and husband, and friend to all he met....

Ranking Member David Scott Statement on Passing of Bill Northey, former USDA Under Secretary

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Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott released the following statement on the passing of Bill Northey: "American agriculture has suffered a tremendous loss with the passing of former USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey. Bill's service as an advocate stemmed from his leadership in commodity circles to his time as Iowa Secretary of Agriculture and then at USDA as the person res...

Ranking Member David Scott Laments No Farm Bill by December, As Promised by Speaker Mike Johnson

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Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott released the following statement as the first session of the 118th Congress wraps up. “When Mike Johnson was elected speaker, he indicated he wanted to pass the farm bill in December and begin negotiating with the Senate ‘as soon as possible.’ Today, Republicans are going home for the holidays and leaving this critical agricultural leg...

Ranking Member David Scott, Chairman Thompson Statement on USMCA Dispute Panel Regarding Canada Dairy TRQ Policies

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House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott and Chairman GT Thompson released the below statement regarding a report published today by the second USMCA dispute panel on Canada's dairy tariff-rate quota (TRQ) allocation policies. “We are disappointed in today’s announcement and the decision of the dispute panel. It is critical the U.S. encourage and enforce USMCA, and this decision allo...

David Scott, Thompson, Stabenow, Boozman on Farm Bill Extension

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The four leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees released the following statement on a farm bill extension: “As negotiations on funding the government progress, we were able to come together to avoid a lapse in funding for critical agricultural programs and provide certainty to producers. This extension is in no way a substitute for passing a 5-year farm bill and we remain committe...

Ranking Member David Scott Calls for One-Year Extension of 2018 Farm Bill

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Ranking Member David Scott emphasized the importance of passing a five-year reauthorization of the farm bill while also stressing the need for farmers and ranchers not to be hung out to dry without an extension of current farm bill programs. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott today called to extend the 2018 Farm Bill to offer certainty and support to farmers, ranchers, and fore...

Ranking Member David Scott Reacts to New USDA Report Showing Increase in Household Hunger

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WASHINGTON – House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott released the below statement in reaction to the release of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service's (ERS) report, Household Food Security in the United States in 2022. “Today's ERS report, Household Food Security in the United States in 2022, underlines the vital importance of protecting SNAP, our Nat...

Ranking Member David Scott's Statement on the House Republican Budget Resolution

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House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott today released the below statement in response to the House Republican budget resolution that would make devastating cuts to programs that support America’s agricultural sector and low-income families. “Today’s Republican budget resolution is stale, shortsighted, ineffective, and irresponsible. Unfortunately, this is what we have come to expec...

Ranking Member David Scott and Agriculture Committee Democrats Send Letter to Speaker McCarthy, Draw Red Line on SNAP

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Today, House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott (D-GA-13) led Agriculture Committee Democrats in a letter to Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA-20), signed by every Democratic Member of the Committee, regarding continued proposals by members of the House Republican leadership to take food away from hungry Americans by weakening SNAP, the nation's most effective anti-hunger program. "You ha...

Ranking Member David Scott Slams Republican House Leadership Attacks on America's Hungry Families

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House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott released the below statement in response to reports that senior Members of the House Republican Leadership are continuing their attacks on SNAP, our nation’s most effective anti-hunger program. "Even as a bipartisan delegation of the House Agriculture Committee held a farm bill listening session in Maine, senior House Republicans openly shared...

Ranking Member David Scott Opening Statement at Crypto Currency Legislation Markup

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House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member David Scott today delivered the following statement at a full Committee markup of the Financial Innovation and Technology for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 4763), a crypto currency bill. Watch the full hearing here. [As prepared for delivery] I want to thank the Chairman for taking on such a complex and volatile market and attempting to regulate it. It is a ...

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