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· House passes Lower Food and Fuels Cost Act
· Chairman David Scott Applauds Passage of Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act in House; Rebukes Republican Partisanship, Refusal to Help American Producers and Consumers
· Thompson: Democrat Bill Does Nothing to Lower Food and Fuel Costs
· Ag Bill Seeks to Tackle Inflation
· Democrats force House passage of ag bill they claim will cut prices
House passes Lower Food and Fuels Cost Act
By Brent Barnett, Brownfield
June 16, 2022
A bill that’s aimed at lowering food and fuel prices now heads to the Senate.
The U.S. House passed the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act on Thursday by a 221-204 vote. Troy Bredenkamp with the Renewable Fuels Association tells Brownfield the bill addresses soaring gas prices.
“To have a permanent solution for year-round E15 and higher blends, that is an important step forward,” Bredenkamp said. “We are happy with the way things turned out today.”
He says the bill authorizes $500 million in infrastructure grants for fuel retailers over five years.
“When you start to look at what needs to happen for us to get to a higher blend overall, it will take infrastructure,” Bredenkamp said. “Not as much as some other technologies, but certainly any help we can get to get that infrastructure in the ground is very important.”
The legislation also contains several provisions that seek to lower fertilizer costs in the field, lower meat and poultry prices by increasing market competition...
Chairman David Scott Applauds Passage of Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act in House; Rebukes Republican Partisanship, Refusal to Help American Producers and Consumers
Oklahoma Farm Report
16 Jun 2022
House Agriculture Committee Chairman David Scott issued the following statement applauding House passage of the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act.
“As we all know, the last two years have led to drastic fluctuations in prices. Whether you look at the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, or the global disruptions associated with Putin's war in Ukraine, American farmers, ranchers, and consumers have faced increasing costs on the farm, the grocery aisle, and every stop in between,” said Chairman David Scott.
“The House-passed Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act tackles those price increases head on by assuring fair competition in the meat and poultry sectors, increasing options at the pump, and providing needed support for America's agricultural sector and food supply chain.”
“I am extremely proud of the work of our House Agriculture Committee Members and the bipartisan support they have garnered for the bills included in this package,” Chairman David Scott continued.
“A special thank you to my Democratic colleagues Representatives Cindy Axne, Angie Craig, Josh Harder, Ro Khanna, and Abigail Spanberger, along with my Republican colleagues Representatives Ashley Hinson and Dusty Johnson, for their hard work on their respective provisions in this legislation.”
“The passage of the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act is a true testament to the continued work ethic and bipartisanship that our Committee has championed, and a welcome relief for America's farmers, ranchers, and consumers,” said Chairman David Scott...
more, including video [10:12 min.]
Thompson: Democrat Bill Does Nothing to Lower Food and Fuel Costs
Oklahoma Farm Report
16 Jun 2022
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 7606, the so-called Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, a legislative package that falls woefully short in addressing the ongoing supply chain and inflationary crises hammering America's farm families and consumers.
Prior to the House passage of H.R. 7606, Republican Leader of the House Agriculture Committee, Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson, delivered the following remarks on the House floor:
Remarks as prepared for delivery:
"I rise today in opposition to H.R. 7606 because, simply put, this bill does nothing to lower food and fuel costs
"Long before Russia's invasion of Ukraine, America's farm families and consumers were struggling with fractured supply chains, skyrocketing input costs, and historic levels of inflation, each of which continue to contribute to increased food prices and diminished inventories.
"Despite these crises, Democrats have neglected to take serious action to incentivize increased American production. In fact, we are here today to debate a bill that compounds the situation, further limiting American farmers' ability to meet global food demand and doubling down on the idea that more spending and big government will feed the world.
"Adding insult to injury, the White House has been quick to blame the private sector and alleged industry concentration for the current crises. Economists across the spectrum, including former Obama and Clinton Administration officials, have dismissed the strategy as misleading, at best, or otherwise blatantly political.
"So, it is not surprising that at the behest of the White House, we are debating a package whose anchor piece of legislation perpetuates a tired narrative of blame, duplicates existing authorities, ignores industry and producers, and undermines the Department of Justice.
"It's also not surprising the party of “defund the police” has also become the party of more cops for cows.
"At every turn, this Administration has obsessively pointed the finger at the packing industry in particular—blaming them almost single-handedly for rising food costs. They've done so via blog posts, contrived public events, and press briefings—all without any acknowledgment of the culpability of their own reckless spending and heavy-handed regulatory agenda.
"If this were a serious exercise, my Democrat colleagues would not have paired such an egregious example of legislative overreach with several other bipartisan, thoughtful bills. If this were a serious exercise, my Democrat colleagues would not have added two unvetted Democrat amendments that are more about political point-scoring than genuine, near-term policy solutions. If this were a serious exercise, my Democrat colleagues would have worked with Republicans to form concrete, immediate policy solutions with a chance of consideration in the Senate.
"I know both parties understand the gravity of these issues, and while we may have disagreements on policy, I was confident we could find common ground solutions if given the opportunity. I am dumbfounded as to why Democratic leadership would choose this moment—when consumers are deciding between gas in their cars or food on their tables—as an attempt to score political points. Especially on the heels of a nearly nine percent increase in consumer prices—the worst this nation has seen since the Carter Administration.
"So, Republicans forged ahead and developed solutions. Earlier this week, Leader McCarthy and I, along with nearly 100 of our Republican colleagues, sent a letter to President Biden, outlining administrative actions he could take immediately to mitigate rising input costs, and strengthen the role American agriculture plays in global food stability...
more, including video [5:39 min]
Ag Bill Seeks to Tackle Inflation
House Package Allows E15 Sales Year-Round, Precision Ag Funding, Packer Investigator
By Chris Clayton, DTN/Progressive Farmer
OMAHA (DTN) -- The House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation to approve year-round E15 ethanol sales, appoint a special investigator at USDA for Packers & Stockyards Act violations, and aid farmers in buying precision agricultural tools that help reduce the use of fertilizer.
The bill, H.R. 7606, is a package of separate agricultural-related provisions. It was dubbed the "Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act," which sparked dueling press events this week by House members on what exactly was needed to help farmers lower costs and increase productivity.
The vote on H.R. 7606 was 221-204. The bill goes to the Senate where at least some provisions will be taken up by the Senate Agriculture Committee.
Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., drove the ship for much of the bill, compiling separate bills that the other House Agriculture Committee members from both parties had championed and adding it all into one bill.
"Inflation requires a response. I want to give thanks to the lawmakers in both parties who've worked on the legislation within this package and who've helped draft a roadmap for our response," Spanberger said.
Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, R-Pa., ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee, said in a press conference Wednesday that the legislation scapegoats private industry such as packers.
"Nothing in this bill would bring about an immediate lowering of food costs for American families," Thompson said.
National Farmers Union on Wednesday sent a letter to Congress endorsing the bill, citing that it contains several provisions that fall in line with NFU's "Fairness for Farmers" campaign. "It will provide relief to consumers who are increasingly pressured by rising prices due to corporate control of the marketplace and will help build our rural economies through renewable, affordable fuels infrastructure."
YEAR-ROUND E15 ...
PACKING PLANT INVESTIGATOR ...
BUTCHER BLOCK ACT ...
PRECISION AG AND NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT ...
RESILIENCY TASK FORCE ...
Democrats force House passage of ag bill they claim will cut prices
By Philip Brasher, Agri-Pulse
House Democrats, struggling to maintain their tenuous control over the House amid soaring food and fuel prices, won passage Thursday of a package of bills aimed at promoting competition in the meat sector, reducing fertilizer usage and expanding the use of biofuels.
Republicans portrayed the Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act as a “messaging bill” that would do little to address inflation while attempting to deflect attention from the Biden administration’s policies. But the bill passed, 221-204, with support from seven Midwest Republicans.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said the bill shows “Democrats’ unyielding commitment to fight inflation.” She asserted the $700 million legislation would lower meat prices while at the same time forcing packers to pay more for cattle and poultry and also cutting gas prices through increased usage of ethanol.
Republicans focused their criticism on a measure included in the package that would create a special investigator's office in USDA’s Packers and Stockyards Division to probe allegations of unfair trade practices in the meat and poultry industry...