Majority News

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


06.28.11

Roberts Works to Defend Livestock Producers

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said the government is attacking the multi-billion dollar livestock industry with too many regulations, which will have far reaching implications on the economy worldwide. "The livestock sector is a driver of the agricultural economy and is also a major reason agriculture has had substantial successes in the export market," said Roberts. "If the presid… Continue Reading


06.23.11

Roberts Pleased Crop Insurance is Available to Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Flood

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, released the following statement today after learning of the Risk Management Agency's (RMA) assurance to farmers along the flooded Missouri River that crop insurance will cover any damages caused by the flooding: "Mother Nature has not been kind to the Great Plains and Midwest this year, and I appreciate everything RMA is doing to help Kansas farmers and ranch… Continue Reading


06.21.11

Senator Roberts Praises Committee Passage of Pesticide Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded the committee passage of a House-passed pesticides bill that will remove regulatory burdens on producers and public health agencies. "I have urged Chairwoman Stabenow to take action on this legislation for some time now and I am pleased this legislation is finally moving forward," said Roberts. "This bill will eliminate a double layer of red ta… Continue Reading


05.31.11

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts Attends First Ag Committee Field Hearing on the Farm Bill

EAST LANSING, MI - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today joined Chairwoman Deborah Stabenow (D-MI) at a committee field hearing in East Lansing, Michigan on reauthorization of the Farm Bill. The field hearing is entitled "Opportunities for Growth, Michigan and the 2012 Farm Bill," and will be hosted by Michigan State University. The following are Senator Roberts' prepared remarks: "Madame Chairwoman, thank you for bringi… Continue Reading


05.24.11

Roberts to EPA: Answers to America’s Farmers, Ranchers, Growers Long Overdue

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today sent a letter to Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, requesting answers to questions submitted by members of the Senate Agriculture Committee at a hearing eight months ago that remain unanswered. "As EPA continues to release proposals that have an increasing impact on agriculture, this inaction is of serious concern," Roberts states in the letter. "Eig… Continue Reading


04.12.11

Senate Ag Committee Republicans Call on Chairwoman Stabenow to Approve House-Passed Pesticides Bill to remove Regulatory Burdens on Producers and Public Health Agencies

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry today sent a letter signed by all Republican members of the Committee, to Chairwoman Deborah Stabenow (D-MI) calling on her to bring up and have the committee approve the House-passed bipartisan pesticide regulation bill, H.R. 872, as soon as possible. H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 was agreed to in the House on March 31, 2011 with a vote of 29… Continue Reading

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