House Ag Approves Rules, Announces Subcommittee Assignments

The House Agriculture Committee met Wednesday to formally organize and adopt rules for the 113th Congress. According to a House Ag Committee release - the rules approved by the committee maintain the enhanced transparency and accountability standards used in the last Congress under House Republican leadership. This includes posting the text of bills online for the public no fewer than 24 hours before a business meeting and providing live and archived webcasts of all hearings and business meetings. Membership for the committee's five subcommittees was also announced. Chairman Frank Lucas and Ranking Member Collin Peterson will serve as ex officio members of each subcommittee.

At the start of Wednesday's meeting - Chairman Lucas highlighted the work of the Ag Committee in the last Congress. He noted providing valuable oversight of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that agricultural producers aren't burdened with unreasonable and costly regulations. He also mentioned the strong, reform-minded, fiscally responsible farm bill advanced during a committee markup that demonstrated the true spirit of bipartisanship.

According to Lucas - committee members worked together to make certain the policy was responsible to the taxpayer and worked for all producers in all regions of the country. Lucas said the new Congress provides a new opportunity to reauthorize a five-year comprehensive farm bill. He pledged to work with Secretary Tom Vilsack, Ranking Member Collin Peterson, Ag Committee members, his House and Senate colleagues and all interested parties to complete the work and ensure investment in American agriculture. He said it would take everyone working together to get it done.

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