Minority News

08.08.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Applauds Administration Drought Relief Efforts, Urges House to Pass Farm Bill

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today applauded President Obama for convening the White House Rural Council and responding as forcefully as possible to this year's record-setting drought. At Chairwoman Stabenow's urging, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued disaster declarations last month that make emergency loans available to help farmers, ranchers and agricultural businesses who are recovering from a spring d… Continue Reading


08.02.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on House Leadership Refusal to Bring Up 2012 Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding House leadership's refusal to move forward with a comprehensive, five-year Farm Bill - as the worst drought in more than 50 years continues destroying millions of acres of cropland and threatening the agriculture economy. The full Senate passed its Farm Bill in June and the House Agriculture Committee passed its version last month with strong bip… Continue Reading


08.01.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls for Urgent Action to Restore Faith in Markets

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, today said the failures of both MF Global and Peregrine Financial Group, which resulted in an unprecedented loss of customer funds, has dealt a devastating blow to customer confidence in the futures markets and urgent action is needed to recover those funds as well as rebuild faith in the markets. The failures at the two financial firms has devastated thousands of farmers, ranchers and small b… Continue Reading


07.17.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls for CFTC Rules to be Finalized, Highlights Importance of Protecting Consumers, Small Businesses

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition and Forestry, today pressed the nation's chief financial regulators to implement the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. At an oversight hearing, Chairwoman Stabenow said the recent failures of firms like Peregrine Financial Group and MF Global, as well as trading losses at JP Morgan and the ongoing LIBOR scandal, all underscore the need to implement the bill, which was passed by Congress more t… Continue Reading


07.12.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Urges House Leadership to Bring 2012 Farm Bill to Floor for Consideration

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the House Agriculture Committee's approval of the 2012 Farm Bill. The Senate version of the bill, which represents the most significant reform of agricultural policy in decades and cuts spending by more than $23 billion, was adopted with strong bipartisan support by the full Senate last month on a 64-35 vote. "I applaud the House Agriculture Committee… Continue Reading


07.10.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Calls for Increased Oversight in Wake of Peregrine Financial Group Failure

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the failure of financial firm Peregrine Financial Group and the reported hundreds of millions of dollars in customer funds that are potentially missing. "It is absolutely imperative that there is accountability in the futures markets so customers can feel safe knowing their money is protected," Chairwoman Stabenow said. "We are working closely w… Continue Reading


07.05.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Release of House Version of 2012 Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the release of the House version of the Farm Bill by the House Agriculture Committee. The Senate version of the bill was recently approved by the full Senate with broad bipartisan support, on a vote of 64-35, and represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades. "I commend Chairman Lucas and Ranking Member Peterso… Continue Reading


06.21.12

Senate Approves Farm Bill Reform with Broad Bipartisan Support

The U.S. Senate today voted to approve the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, a bipartisan Farm Bill authored by Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Ranking Member Senator Pat Roberts. The bill was approved with broad bipartisan support, on a vote of 64-35. The bill, which saves taxpayers more than $23 billion, represents the most significant reform of American agriculture policy in decades. The bill reforms fo… Continue Reading


06.21.12

In Case You Missed It: Senate Farm Bill is Major Reform

Senate Farm Bill is Major Reform "The farm bill, headed for the Senate floor Thursday, would cut spending by $23.6 billion over a decade, mostly by pruning payments that farmland owners get regardless of whether they plant crops… If signed into law, the subsidy cuts would mark one of the biggest changes to farm policy in years." - The Wall Street Journal, 6/7/12 "[The Farm Bill is] genuinely a landmark shift…away from direct cash payments to farmers - a much-criticized system b… Continue Reading


06.20.12

Healthy Food, Conservation Leaders Support Senate Farm Bill Reforms

National conservation and healthy food leaders today joined Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, to again voice their support for the reforms in the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (2012 Farm Bill) - currently being considered by the U.S. Senate. Jerry Hagstrom, of The National Journal and Hagstrom Report, reported that healthy and local food advocates called the bill "a huge step forward" while national conservation leaders echoed the same sentim… Continue Reading


06.18.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Moving Forward with Farm Bill

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding the bipartisan agreement on over 70 amendments that will allow the Senate to move forward with Farm Bill voting tomorrow. "This bill was developed through bipartisan collaboration, passed committee with broad bipartisan support, and we now have a bipartisan agreement to move forward with a bill that affects 16 million American jobs. My colle… Continue Reading


06.14.12

Chairwoman Stabenow: We Are Making Progress, Moving Toward an Agreement

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said she is continuing to work closely with the Committee's Ranking Member, Senator Pat Roberts, and Senate leadership on an agreement to move forward with considering more amendments to the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (the Senate's 2012 Farm Bill). The bill, which is currently being considered by the full Senate, is a bipartisan reform measure that ends unnecessary subsi… Continue Reading


06.14.12

In Case You Missed It Op-Ed: “Farm bill helps fight global hunger”

Former Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman co-authored an op-ed with Richard Leach, President and CEO of World Food Program USA, in today's edition of Politico: "This Farm Bill enhances U.S. leadership in the fight against hunger and makes an important statement about America's values. Washington still faces extreme political polarization, but the Senate Farm Bill seeks to fight against global hunger using efforts that both parties can support." Farm bill helps fight global hunger Politico… Continue Reading


06.13.12

ICYMI: News Coverage of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act

Senate Farm Bill is Major Reform "The farm bill, headed for the Senate floor Thursday, would cut spending by $23.6 billion over a decade, mostly by pruning payments that farmland owners get regardless of whether they plant crops… If signed into law, the subsidy cuts would mark one of the biggest changes to farm policy in years." - The Wall Street Journal, 6/7/12 "[The Farm Bill is] genuinely a landmark shift…away from direct cash payments to farmers - a much-criticized system beg… Continue Reading


06.12.12

Chairwoman Stabenow Statement on Moving Forward with Farm Bill Debate on Senate Floor Tomorrow

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today issued the following statement regarding confirmation from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that the Senate will begin debate on Farm Bill amendments tomorrow. The Senate will begin with consideration of two amendments, one from Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire regarding U.S. sugar policy, and another from Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky regarding the Supplem… Continue Reading


06.11.12

In Case You Missed It… Op-Ed: “2012 Farm Bill includes a strong conservation title … the time for action is now”

Op-Ed: "2012 Farm Bill includes a strong conservation title … the time for action is now" National conservation group today agrees with hundreds of conservation organizations across the country in supporting Senate Farm Bill's approach to streamlining and strengthening conservation efforts in 2012 Farm Bill. President of National Association of Conservation Districts says: "The 2012 Farm Bill includes a strong Conservation Title that helps producers implement conservation practice… Continue Reading


06.11.12

Chairwoman Stabenow: Report on Rural Economy Further Illustrates Need for Swift Farm Bill Passage

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today said that a new report showing that America's rural economy is helping to drive the country's economic recovery further illustrates the need to pass a Farm Bill before the current bill expires, to give farmers and other small businesses the certainty they need to create jobs. Chairwoman Stabenow's remarks come following the release of a report by the White House on the agricultural econ… Continue Reading


06.07.12

In Case You Missed It… Washington Post: “Slimmed-down farm bill” slashes billions in subsidies

Washington Post: "Slimmed-down farm bill" slashes billions in subsidies Washington Post: "The farm bill…was always a bloated, contentious piece of legislation that grew larger and more expensive as it lumbered through Congress. But the farm bill that the Senate will begin debating Thursday is a considerably slimmed-down version of previous incarnations…The bill, which sets the nation's agricultural and food policy for the next five years, enjoys rare bipartisan support and could… Continue Reading


06.07.12

90 Senators Vote to Proceed to 2012 Farm Bill

The U.S. Senate cleared a procedural hurdle today and voted to proceed to consideration of the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (the Farm Bill), with strong bipartisan support on a vote of 90-8. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts, the Committee's Ranking Member, co-authored the bipartisan reform bill that ends unnecessary subsidies, saves taxpayers $23 billion, and helps America's agricultu… Continue Reading


06.06.12

Chairwoman Stabenow, Ranking Member Roberts Highlight Reforms of Farm Bill, Call for Swift Senate Passage

Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, and Senator Pat Roberts, the Committee's Ranking Member, today urged the Senate to swiftly pass the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012 (the Farm Bill), which reforms agriculture policy and saves more than $23 billion in taxpayer money by streamlining and consolidating programs and ending unnecessary farm subsidies. While saving taxpayer dollars, the bill strengthens initiatives tha… Continue Reading

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Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow