Majority News

02.01.12

Senator Roberts Announces CRP General Sign Up Starts March 12, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry today announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has opened general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) from March 12-April 6, 2012. "CRP is one of the most proven conservation programs we have," Roberts said. "I encourage folks to take advantage of this successful, voluntary program to improve soil quality while benefitting wildlife conservation and wa… Continue Reading


01.27.12

Senator Roberts Blasts Gensler’s Questionable Involvement in MF Global Rulemaking

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today blasted Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler's role in developing recommendations for new regulations and rules following the bankruptcy of MF Global. These actions have occurred even though the CFTC's own investigation is not complete, and despite the Chairman's own recusal of enforcement matters pertaining to MF Global. "Once again, I find it odd and confusing that Chairman Gensler can partially recuse himself or 'n… Continue Reading


01.11.12

Roberts Pushes for MF Global Task Force

WASHINGTON, D.C. -U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, today pushed for a task force to be created to review the findings and develop recommendations from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) investigation into the MF Global bankruptcy. The request for the task force was sent in a letter this week to CFTC Commissioner Jill Sommers. "While I understand that the CFTC's investigation into the loss of funds in MF G… Continue Reading


12.21.11

Roberts Seeks Additional Answers on Gensler's Role with MF Global

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today sent a letter to Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), seeking answers on the timing of his decision to recuse himself from matters related to MF Global's bankruptcy. "Mr. Chairman, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having a firm hand at the wheel of this nation's regulator of the futures and swaps industry," Roberts said in the letter. "That regulator also must know when to hand the wheel … Continue Reading


12.13.11

Senator Roberts: The Buck Stops Somewhere

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today made the following opening statement before an oversight hearing on the MF Global bankruptcy: "Thank you Madam Chairwoman for calling this hearing on MF Global's bankruptcy and its effect on our nation's economy. "This committee has jurisdiction over the futures markets and its regulator - the Commodities Futures Trading Commission. The futures markets … Continue Reading


12.01.11

Senator Roberts: We Need Answers on MF Global; Futures Still Critical to Risk Management

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today during a Senate Agriculture hearing on continuing oversight of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) called for answers from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), on why MF Global collapsed, leaving thousands of investors, farmers, ranchers and small businesses without access to hundreds of millions of dollars. "Through no fault of their own, folks in Kansas and around the country have been hurt by the actions… Continue Reading


11.28.11

Roberts’ Repeated Requests to Hold MF Global Hearing Honored by Chairwoman; Request calling for Corzine to Testify before Ag Committee Also Honored

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kans.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today applauded Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) for honoring his repeated requests for a hearing solely examining the MF Global bankruptcy and for also responding to his calls asking for former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine to testify. "As the former head of MF Global, Jon Corzine is the only one that can answer the most pressing questions regarding the firm's downfall and its continuing im… Continue Reading


11.28.11

Senator Roberts: Serious Questions Remain about Gensler’s Role on MF Global

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, today announced his concern over the timing and circumstances of Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler's recusal from the CFTC's handling of the MF Global bankruptcy. "I have many questions regarding Chairman Gensler's recusal from enforcement measures on behalf of the CFTC and MF Global," said Roberts. "It took three days for him to recuse himself, and in t… Continue Reading


11.21.11

Senator Roberts Issues Statement on Agriculture Spending and the Super Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: "Today's announcement by the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction means that a Farm Bill will now be written in regular order as it should be. In recent weeks, the chairs of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have worked on a Farm Bill proposa… Continue Reading


11.21.11

Senator Roberts Renews Call for MF Global Hearing as Missing Client Funds Jump to $1.2 Billion; Corzine Should Testify

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today once again called on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry to hold a special hearing examining the MF Global bankruptcy after it was discovered that the total amount of missing client funds may have doubled to $1.2 billion. Sen. Roberts also said former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine, the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group should testify before the Committee.… Continue Reading


11.17.11

Senator Roberts Calls for Hearing on MF Global Bankruptcy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) today called on Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) to hold a hearing on the collapse and bankruptcy of MF Global, given its devastating effect on the agriculture industry. Roberts has also called on the Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), the exchanges, and the bankruptcy trustee to work together to immediately release frozen MF Global margin account funds to customers, many who are Kansans. This… Continue Reading


11.10.11

Senator Roberts Demands Gensler Clarify Role in CFTC Actions on MF Global

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today demanded that Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Chairman Gary Gensler clarify his role in CFTC actions regarding the collapse of MF Global. Roberts made this demand following Chairman Gensler's failure to respond to a previous request to clarify the date and scope of his recusal from these matters. It also follows today's announcement of CFTC Commissioner Jill Sommers as se… Continue Reading


11.08.11

Senator Roberts Seeks Clarification of Gensler Role in CFTC Actions on MF Global

WASHINGTON, DC - Following news of the collapse of MF Global, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, which has jurisdiction over the Commodity and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), sought clarification on the role of CFTC Chairman Gary Gensler in actions regarding MF Global given his past relationship with former MF Global CEO Jon Corzine. Below is the text of the letter sent to Chairman Gensler: "I write regarding act… Continue Reading


11.02.11

Roberts’ Latest Attempt to Protect Agriculture from Pesticide Rule Blocked

WASHINGTON, DC - Still working to prevent fall-out from EPA's costly pesticide permitting rule implemented November 1, 2011, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) introduced an amendment to H.R. 872 to provide a two-year moratorium on implementation of the rule and called on the Senate Majority Leader to hotline it. "While I would prefer the Senate approve the House passed bipartisan H.R. 872 to eliminate the extra paperwork and confusion surrounding pesticide permits, without a clear solution to t… Continue Reading


10.17.11

Roberts’ Statement on Agriculture Committee Letter to Deficit Reduction Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Nutrition and Forestry, released the following statement today after submitting a letter with leaders of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction: "While I have strong concerns that this agreement disproportionately favors some programs over others, I have long stated that the most important program to our farmers and ranchers in manag… Continue Reading


09.20.11

Roberts & Lucas Respond to the President's Debt Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement in response to President Obama's debt plan. "The agriculture community remains willing to do its part in getting our fiscal house in order, but, in essence, President Obama's plan for economic growth and deficit reduction is not credible. "The President's policy prior… Continue Reading


07.28.11

Roberts Recognizes Fruit and Vegetable Growers for Providing Families with Safe, Healthy Food

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said committee members must take a careful look at fruit and vegetable programs in the new Farm Bill to ensure they are helping growers remain competitive in the marketplace. "My job is to make sure our growers are given adequate tools they can utilize to continue providing our families with safe, nutritious, and healthy foods, and they're doing t… Continue Reading


07.21.11

Roberts: Dodd-Frank Proposals Could Lead to Mass Exodus of Capital from the U.S.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today focused on the one-year anniversary of the Dodd-Frank bill being signed into law and the challenges that lay ahead in implementing it for Mark Wetjen, the nominee to sit on the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). "One-year ago today, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act - enacting into law a labyrinth of new requirements impacting… Continue Reading


07.20.11

Roberts Pleased USDA Approves Additional Drought Assistance for Kansas Producers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today praised the Department of Agriculture for approving his request for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) CP25 acreage to provide an important feed option for Kansas producers during this year's extreme drought. "I am pleased that the secretary has granted this additional relief for producers in Kansas facing extreme drought condit… Continue Reading


07.05.11

Senator Roberts Announces Farm Bill Field Hearing in Kansas

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced a field hearing will be held in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday, August 25 to discuss reauthorization of the Farm Bill. "I'm pleased to host the next Farm Bill field hearing in Wichita, right in the heartland of America," said Roberts. "This hearing will allow us to garner insight from our producers in Kansas as we begin the important task of w… Continue Reading

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