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  • Goodlatte, Conaway Call on AG to Evaluate DOJ Overreach in Prosecuting WOTUS Violations
    Posted in Press Releases on May 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway (R-Texas) sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions calling for a review of the legal theory underlying the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) decision to prosecute a California court case alleging violations under the Clean Water Act (CWA) – directly related to both the statutory exemptions for farming and the Obama Administration’s waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. T... Read more

  • Goodlatte Calls on Senate to Confirm Agriculture Secretary Nominee Sonny Perdue
    Posted in Press Releases on April 5, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement calling on the U.S. Senate to confirm Secretary of Agriculture nominee, Governor Sonny Perdue: “Agriculture is the lifeblood of our nation and the economic backbone of Virginia’s Sixth District. As a senior member of the House Committee on Agriculture, and a former Chairman, I urge my Senate colleagues to swiftly confirm Governor Sonny Perdue prior to the upcoming district work period. Our farmers and producers need a strong and ... Read more

  • Agriculture is a Vital Part of America’s Economy
    Posted in Columns on March 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Driving through the Sixth District, it’s hard to miss the rows of crops, livestock dotted pastures, and barns and silos that represent the local agriculture community. The impact of agriculture is much larger than just the farms you see – it’s also agritourism stops like farmer’s markets, wineries and breweries, and food stands that are drawing more and more people to our part of Virginia. With roughly 46,000 farms and 311,000 related jobs in Virginia, the agriculture industry plays a particular... Read more

  • Now is the Time to Act on RFS Reform
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy

    Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Steve Womack (R-Ark.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) released the following statement today after reintroducing the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Reform Act (H.R. 1315): “The Renewable Fuel Standard is a well-intentioned flop. After a decade of this policy, it’s clearer than ever that the federal government’s creation of an artificial market for the ethanol industry has resulted in a domino effect that is hurting people across the country. The misguid... Read more

  • Goodlatte: Federal Ethanol Mandate is a Flop
    Posted in Press Releases on March 2, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement today after introducing two bills to alter the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), the RFS Elimination Act (H.R. 1314) and the RFS Reform Act (H.R. 1315): “It’s time the ethanol mandate became a thing of the past. While well-intentioned from the start, after a decade of this policy it couldn’t be more obvious that the RFS is a flop. The RFS Elimination Act would completely repeal this mandate and force ethanol to compete in the free m... Read more

  • Goodlatte Applauds Action to Roll Back WOTUS
    Posted in Press Releases on February 28, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement in support of President Trump’s Executive Order that would set the course for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to rescind the controversial Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule: “Rolling back red tape is key to getting America’s economic engine running again. The EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule is simply unworkable federal government overreach. The costly impacts of this rule would be fa... Read more

  • Goodlatte Continues Service on House Agriculture Committee
    Posted in Press Releases on February 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) announced today that he will continue to serve on the House Committee on Agriculture in the 115th Congress. Following an organizing meeting by the Committee, Chairman Mike Conaway (R-Texas) announced that Congressman Goodlatte will serve as a member of the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee as well as the Commodity Exchanges, Energy, and Credit Subcommittee. Congressman Goodlatte has previously served as Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Commi... Read more

  • RFS Reform Leaders Respond to Ethanol Mandate Hike
    Posted in Press Releases on November 23, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy

    Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Jim Costa (D-Calif.), Steve Womack (R-Ark.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) released the following statement in response the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release today of final annual mandatory blending volumes for biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): “Forcing more ethanol into the market – while hurting consumers, food producers, and small engines across the nation – is not the solution. While well-intentioned, it has been clear for some time now th... Read more

  • House Passes Goodlatte Amendment to Prevent EPA Power Grabs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 13, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-Va.) amendment to the FY 2017 Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a bipartisan vote of 231-197. The House of Representatives is expected to vote on final passage of this legislation on Thursday. Goodlatte’s amendment would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from using funds to take retaliatory or “backstop” actions against the six states located in the Ch... Read more

  • The Ethanol Mandate Has Failed
    Posted in Columns on June 24, 2016 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy

    Families are gassing up the car to head out of town, fueling up the boat for a weekend at the lake, and getting out the mower to tackle the lawn. But do you know the impact ethanol has on all of these activities? According to the Department of Energy, ethanol contains about one-third less energy than gasoline, meaning the more ethanol in your fuel, the less mileage a tank of gas will get you. Plus, ethanol has been found to damage or corrode many small engines found in power equipment, motorcycl... Read more