Majority News

12.13.13

Cochran Offers Assurances on Farm Bill Progress

Audio of Cochran Remarks: http://1.usa.gov/1b31CLz WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, today offered his thoughts on the prospects of Congress completing a new, five-year farm bill early next year. Cochran addressed work on the farm bill during remarks to the Senate following his participation in the latest Friday morning conference meeting with Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie St… Continue Reading


10.30.13

Cochran: Reach Farm Bill Agreement As Soon As Possible

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today asserted that a new farm bill is an opportunity for the Congress to demonstrate that lawmakers can work together on issues that affect the lives of Americans every day. Cochran, ranking member on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, on Wednesday helped begin the House-Senate conference tasked with negotiating a final agreement on a new, five-year farm bill. The conference committee meeting opened formal negotiati… Continue Reading


10.18.13

U.S. Senators to USDA: Explain Loan Program Disruptions

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators is challenging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to explain recent ill-timed decisions regarding marketing assistance loans that are creating financial uncertainty and hardships for farmers and businesses, including what will amount to a one-month delay in processing loans. Fourteen Senators, led by U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, have written a letter to Agri… Continue Reading


10.11.13

Cochran Ready for Farm Bill Conference Talks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, today asserted his readiness to engage in negotiations to finalize a new, five-year farm bill. Cochran welcomed a vote in the House of Representatives on Friday authorizing a conference committee with the Senate to reconcile differences in Senate- and House-passed versions of a 2013 farm bill-legislation that sets agriculture, conservation and nutrition assista… Continue Reading


08.02.13

Cochran Applauds WTO Decision in Favor of U.S. Poultry Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today applauded a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against unfair duties levied by China on U.S. poultry exports. The WTO on Friday ruled in favor of the United States in a case filed by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that asserted China was imposing unfair and punitive countervailing duties on U.S. broiler chickens and poultry parts. Cochran praised the USTR action when the case was filed in September 2011 (http://1.usa.gov/1eh… Continue Reading


08.01.13

Cochran Statement on Naming of Senate Farm Bill Conferees

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, today issued the following statement regarding Senate conference committee members appointed to negotiate an agreement on a 2013 farm bill with the House of Representatives: "I appreciate Republican Leader McConnell appointing conferees prior to the August recess and setting the stage for us to try to finalize a 2013 farm bill. Reconciling differences between … Continue Reading


07.11.13

Cochran Statement on Farm Bill Vote in the House

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the House of Representatives approval of a modified, five-year farm bill: "I am pleased the House of Representatives has taken action to pass a farm bill. American farmers, ranchers, conservationists and related industries deserve the certainty of a five-year farm bill. I look forward to working with Chairwoman St… Continue Reading


07.10.13

Cochran Opening Remarks for “Smithfield and Beyond: Examining Foreign Purchases of American Food Companies” Hearing

Opening Remarks for Senator Thad Cochran (As prepared for delivery) U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Hearing on "Smithfield and Beyond: Examining Foreign Purchases of American Food Companies" July 10, 2013 Madam Chairwoman, thank you for holding this hearing today on an important topic. The transaction between Smithfield Foods and Shuanghui International Holdings Limited marks the largest proposed acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese company to date. The… Continue Reading


06.20.13

Despite Vote, Cochran Hopeful House Will Pass 2013 Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement after the House of Representatives voted down its 2013 farm bill: "The agriculture community and our economy need the certainty that comes with a five-year farm bill. We face a September deadline to provide that certainty, and I am hopeful the House will still be able to come back and pass a bill that can be responsibly … Continue Reading


06.10.13

Cochran Statement for Senate Passage of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (S.954)

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Statement for Senate Passage of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013 (S.954) June 10, 2013 Madam President, I am pleased to join the distinguished Senator from Michigan in urging approval of this bill by the Senate. It has been a pleasure working with her and other members of the Agriculture Committee to produce a Farm Bill that meets the needs of those involved in agriculture production and the consumers of the crops produced by American farme… Continue Reading


05.14.13

Cochran Opening Statement for Mark Up of the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013

Madam Chairwoman, thank you very much for your leadership in the drafting of this Farm Bill. It's going to save off the baseline $24 billion over the life of the bill. The bill reflects fiscal responsibility but provides a workable and strong safety net for families and producers of food and fiber that we hope they never need. We've made some reductions. We've streamlined and consolidated programs. There is also significantly less mandatory money authorized for energy programs than in the 20… Continue Reading


02.15.13

Senator Cochran: Democratic Sequester Plan Falls Squarely on the Backs of Defense & Agriculture

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement regarding the plan issued by Senate Democrats to address the across-the-board spending cuts-or sequester-that will take effect on March 1. The plan recommends $27.5 billion in cuts from the agriculture sector and another $27.5 billion in defense savings. "I'm disappointed that the Senate Democratic sequester package falls squarely on the backs of our defense and agriculture sectors. I understand that … Continue Reading


12.10.12

Senator Roberts: USDA Grants Flexibility on School Meals; Waste and Cost Remain a Concern

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) today said the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has agreed with his request to grant schools flexibility in implementing the new guidelines for the National School Breakfast and Lunch programs, but significant concerns remain on waste and costs of the new policies. "Providing flexibility is a key component to implementing such dramatic changes to school meals, and I applaud Secretary Vilsack for responding to my request," Roberts said. "Howe… Continue Reading


10.12.12

Senator Roberts Issues Statement on CFTC’s “Swaps Definitions” Rules

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry which is tasked with oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), today released the following statement on the implementation of the CFTC's new "Swaps Definitions" rules: "On the heels of the federal district court's decision to block the CFTC proposed 'position limits' rule on trades of derivatives and swaps, we brace ourselves for the results of n… Continue Reading


10.03.12

Senator Roberts Concerned School Nutrition Programs Don’t Meet Needs of Active Students

WASHINGTON, DC - Following considerable public outcry over the implementation of new nutrition guidelines for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today sent a letter to USDA requesting justification of the new policies and further analysis of their effects on active students, on school participation in the program and on the industry and economy as a whole. Senator Roberts is ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Fores… Continue Reading


09.28.12

Senator Roberts Encourages FDA to Swiftly Approve Aflatoxin Waivers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today sent the following letter to the Food and Drug Administration to encourage swift approval of waivers to blend corn with aflatoxin to increase feed supply for livestock producers hard hit by ongoing drought. The following is text of the letter, dated today: Dr. Margaret Hamburg Commissioner Department of Health and Human Services US Food and Drug Administration 10903 New Hampshire Avenue NW Silver Spring, MD 20993 Dear Dr. Hamburg: Thi… Continue Reading


08.08.12

Senator Roberts: More Assistance Needed on Drought

WASHINGTON, DC - Following today's announcement by the Obama Administration of new efforts to help farmers and ranchers suffering from historic drought, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry applauded these actions but called for still more assistance to help those in need. "I am glad the Administration agreed to several of our recommendations on how to aid farmers and ranchers hit hard by this drought," Roberts said. "This emerg… Continue Reading


08.03.12

Republican Ag Senators Call for Ag Hearings on LIBOR

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today sent a letter signed by key Republican members of the committee to Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) calling for a hearing on the reported manipulation of the London Inter-Bank Offered Rate (LIBOR). The Senate Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Senators signing the letter include: Roberts, Dick Lu… Continue Reading


08.02.12

Senator Roberts Says Democrats Fail to Provide Drought Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said critical assistance to the nation's livestock producers devastated by historic drought conditions was ignored by Senate Democrats for partisan gain. "I am outraged the Senate Democrats left town without even considering the House passed disaster package," said Roberts. "They are playing politics with a devastating drought. Make no mistake - the consequenc… Continue Reading


08.01.12

Senator Roberts’ Opening Statement at Ag Hearing on MF Global and Futures Markets

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today made the following remarks at a hearing of the Agriculture Committee entitled, "Continued Review of MF Global: Accountability in the Futures Markets." "Today's topics are serious matters," Roberts said. "I know there are folks out there that believe the CFTC is moving too slowly - they're asking why aren't certain people in federal court already? I understand th… Continue Reading

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