BISHOP HEARS TESTIMONY FROM LAWMAKERS DURING HOUSE AGRICULTURE APPROPRIATIONS MEMBERS’ DAY HEARING
WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, led by Ranking Member Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) and Chairman Robert B. Aderholt (AL-04), hosted a Members’ Day hearing to receive testimony from other Members of Congress on their agriculture priorities for the 115th Congress. Turnout was robust and included ten Democrats and twelve Republicans.
During the hearing, Members highlighted key agriculture programs affecting both rural and urban communities, including rural housing services, Farm Service Agency loans, adjusting eligibility criteria for rural programs, and Zika virus diagnostic development at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Members also spoke out on the need to ensure adequate funding for the Agriculture Research Service (ARS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), as well as the importance of funding vital food safety nets, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
"Agriculture touches every aspect of our lives from the paper we write on, the clothing we wear, the food we eat, the water we drink, to the raw materials used to build and furnish our homes,” remarked Congressman Bishop during the hearing. “A healthy agricultural community translates to a healthy society for us all."
"I am very pleased that we have members from each party here today providing their thoughtful insight as we drive towards FY18," Bishop continued. "Despite the few philosophical differences we may have, today’s turnout further demonstrates that agriculture is important to everyone no matter where we live."
The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture has funding jurisdiction over the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), FDA, the Farm Credit Administration, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. In addition to funding the USDA’s farm programs, the funding provided by this subcommittee serves as the primary conduit to support rural America, and supports the administration of our nation's food and nutrition safety net and conservation programs.