STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative David Cook (R-8) sent letters yesterday to the chairmen of the Senate and House Agriculture Committees, U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS) and U.S. Congressman Mike Conway (R-TX), urging them to hold a Farm Bill field hearing in Arizona.

“A field hearing in Arizona would give our agriculture producers a chance to demonstrate what’s working in federal farm policy and what needs to be remedied,” said Representative Cook.

A copy of each letter can be found here:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. (AZ-04), House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01), Western Caucus Executive Vice-Chairman Scott Tipton (CO-03), Chairman Emeritus Steve Pearce (NM-02), House Science, Space and Technology Chairman Lamar Smith (TX-21), and Western Caucus members Adrian Smith (NE-02), Liz Cheney (WY-At Large), Greg Gianforte (MT-At Large), Brian Babin (TX-36), Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Trent Franks (AZ-08), Mike Johnson (LA-04), Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Jody Hice (GA-10), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01), Kevin Cramer (ND-At Large), and Tom Emmer (MN-06) released the following statements after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt provided notice of proposed rulemaking which will effectively cancel the Obama Administration’s ‘Clean Power Plan’:

“Not long after President Obama took office, he tried to pass legislation through Congress that would have given the EPA authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions through a cap-and-trade program. Despite 60 Democrats holding office in the Senate at the time, the Senate decisively rejected the cap-and-tax plans proposed by the president,” said Chairman Gosar. “Rather than pursuing a true all-of-the-above energy plan that lowered costs for consumers and put us on the path towards energy independence, the Obama Administration continued to churn out new regulations and distort others as the means to accomplish the president’s ideological agenda. The so-called ‘Clean Power Plan’ was no exception. It picked winners and losers at the expense of American job creators. I applaud Administrator Pruitt and the Trump Administration for acting to roll back this unconstitutional and fundamentally-flawed Obama mandate.”

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"This negligence must stop"

WASHINGTON - Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) of the House Armed Services Committee placed the following statement in the record, offering his reasons for voting against the Continuing Resolution:

Mr. Speaker,

I support providing immediate emergency assistance for those affected by recent natural disasters and was glad to vote for such a bill earlier this week. I believe that raising the debt limit for only three months is a mistake because it does not provide the certainty that financial markets and our economy need.

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The President appreciates Congress putting aside partisan politics and acting quickly to ensure that first responders, local officials, and Federal emergency management personnel have the resources they need to respond to the natural disasters impacting our Nation. H.R. 601 provides an additional $15.25 billion in emergency appropriations for disaster relief and extends the authorization of the National Flood Insurance Program through December 8th, a welcome action for all of those affected by these terrible disasters.

Additionally, as the damage from Hurricane Irma unfolds, it is especially important that the men and women in the Southeast and our Caribbean territories stand strong and rest assured that this Administration will always put the needs of the American people above partisan politics as usual.

President Donald J. Trump signs the Hurricane Harvey Funding Bill, H.R. 601, Friday, September 8, 2017, at Camp David near Thurmont, MD, which will provide $15 billion in disaster relief for hurricane victims. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)   more...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Paul A. Gosar D.D.S. (AZ-04), Chairman Emeritus Steve Pearce (NM-02), Chief Forestry Officer Bruce Westerman (AR-04), and Western Caucus Members Markwayne Mullin (OK-02), Bill Flores (TX-17), Trent Franks (AZ-08), Jason Smith (MO-08), Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05), Doug LaMalfa (CA-01) and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statements after the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 2910, the Promoting Interagency Coordination for Review of Natural Gas Pipelines Act (sponsored by Rep. Flores), and H.R. 2883, the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act (sponsored by Rep. Mullin), with bipartisan votes of 248-179 and 254-175 respectively:

"I am proud to sponsor the Promoting Cross-Border Energy Infrastructure Act and see it pass with bipartisan support in the House today,” said Congressman Mullin. “By taking politics out of the approval process, we deliver certainty to what can often be a chaotic regulatory process. H.R. 2883 ensures that the construction of energy infrastructure across our borders follows a streamlined and transparent regulatory process each and every time. The passage of these energy bills today supports our country’s rapidly growing energy infrastructure and creates dependable, affordable energy for all Americans.”

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WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed H.R. 2810, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2018 with a vote of 344-81. Upon passage, Chairman Thornberry (R-TX), of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement:

“For the 56th year in a row, the House has passed a bipartisan bill that prioritizes the men and women in uniform who selflessly volunteer to support and defend our nation. This bill takes the necessary steps to begin to rebuild and reform our military, including billions in additional funds to begin to close the dangerous readiness gaps our troops are facing.

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