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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Peterson Statement at Subcommittee Hearing on Small Watershed Infrastructure

Watershed programs are an incredibly important part of the conservation toolbox. Unfortunately, I don’t think a lot of folks are really aware of the programs themselves or the benefits they provide which is why today’s hearing is so useful.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Peterson Statement at Hearing on The Future of International Food Aid and Agricultural Development

As trade deals continue to dominate the discussion, it is worth pointing out that 11 of our top 15 trading partners in 2017 were once recipients of U.S. assistance. Unfortunately, the budget put forward by the administration would completely eliminate two key U.S. Assistance programs: the Food for Peace Program and McGovern-Dole.

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Peterson Statement on U.S.-Mexico Sugar Agreement

This deal is an improvement over current agreements that have hurt U.S. sugar growers but the details will be important. It is disappointing that the agreement in principle appears to leave in place a loophole that keeps the door open to dumping. Mexico and sugar users could annually petition for excess refined sugar to be allowed into the United States.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Peterson Statement: Administration Budget Proposal

This budget should be a warning to people in rural America. For years, groups like the Freedom Caucus, Heritage Foundation and Club for Growth have been advocating for these exact policies as part of their goal to completely do away with farm programs. They are now closer to making this a reality than ever before.

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