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  • The Renewable Fuel Standard Hurts Consumers
    Posted in Columns on October 12, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Energy

    Did you know corn is used in nearly 75 percent of the food we buy? However, due to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) a large portion of corn is being diverted from food products into gasoline tanks. This has created an artificial market for the ethanol industry that has led to an undue burden on American consumers. I have been critical of the RFS mandate since its passage in 2005. Since then, I’ve introduced legislation in every Congress that would protect farmers and other stakeholders from the... Read more

  • House RFS Leaders Respond to Trump’s Decision to Lift Ban on E15 Summer Sales
    Posted in Press Releases on October 10, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), and Steve Womack (R-Ark) released the following statement on President Trump’s proposal to lift a federal ban on summer sales of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol: “Efforts to prop up the ethanol industry have been a well-intentioned flop, and today’s announcement from the current administration will profoundly impact consumers. By proposing to allow the sale of high-level ethanol blends during summer months, the administration has chosen to... Read more

  • The Prosperity of Agriculture in America
    Posted in Columns on September 21, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    While driving through the Sixth District of Virginia, it’s impossible to miss the rows of crops, fields of livestock, and family owned farms that have built the agriculture community that exists in Virginia today. However, many of these farms have seen their average take-home income decline nearly 52-percent over the last five years. Congress has taken action to address this through legislation that strengthens opportunities for rural farming communities and lifts restrictions on products such a... Read more

  • Helping America’s Farmers and Combating Illegal Immigration
    Posted in Columns on August 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Immigration

    The AG and Legal Workforce Act replaces the outdated and broken H-2A agricultural guestworker program with a new, workable agricultural guestworker program, known as the H-2C program, to ensure America’s farmers and ranchers have access to a reliable workforce. Read more

  • Closing the Digital Divide
    Posted in Columns on August 3, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    The House Farm Bill updates the Rural Broadband Access Loans and Loan Guarantees Program, which provides for the construction, improvement, and acquisition of facilities and equipment needed to provide broadband service in rural areas. Read more

  • Goodlatte & Bipartisan Group of Lawmakers Introduce the AG and Legal Workforce Act
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    The agricultural community has waited far too long for a workable guestworker program and it’s past time to enact a solution. Read more

  • Goodlatte Named Farm Bill Conference Committee Member
    Posted in Press Releases on July 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Earlier today, Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) was named a member of the Farm Bill Conference Committee by House Speaker Paul Ryan (statement below). Congressman Goodlatte released the following statement: “The Farm Bill is the most important piece of legislation affecting American agriculture. But it also has a big impact on Americans from all walks of life through nutrition and anti-hunger programs, including those that work with food banks in many Sixth District communities. I’m pleased to ... Read more

  • An Update from Washington: Positive Legislation is Moving Forward
    Posted in Columns on June 29, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Health Care, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    The House of Representatives has been busy passing positive legislation, some of which has been signed into law over the past month. Read more

  • Goodlatte: Farmers & Ranchers Need a Permanent Solution
    Posted in Press Releases on May 24, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Immigration, House Judiciary Committee Issues

    Congressman Bob Goodlatte, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on the joint announcement from the Departments of State, Agriculture, Homeland Security, and Labor regarding regulatory changes to the H-2A temporary agricultural workers program: “Today the Departments of State, Agriculture, Homeland Security, and Labor announced that they intend to make changes to the failed H-2A system. I applaud the Administration’s intention to improve the current program. H... Read more

  • Goodlatte Statement on the House Farm Bill Vote
    Posted in Press Releases on May 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, or the Farm Bill. Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the following statement after voting in support of the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, which failed to receive enough votes to pass the House: “I am extremely disappointed that the House could not come together today and pass the most important piece of legislation impacting the agricultural community. The Farm Bill sets our country’s farm polic... Read more