In addition to serving you in Congress on the House Agriculture Committee, my husband and I own and operate a farm near Harrisonville, where we raise cattle and grow corn, wheat, and soybeans. We also run a small business providing farm equipment and related services to farmers in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. I am proud to bring this first-hand experience and perspective to Washington to advocate for you.
Since my arrival in Washington, the federal bureaucracy has continued to attack America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers. Between the Department of Labor, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other agencies, the agriculture industry in America has been hit with burdensome and unnecessary rules and regulations. This needs to stop. Washington needs to get out of the way and allow our industries to thrive in the free market. I’m proud to have been an original co-sponsor of legislation to stop EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule which expands federal jurisdiction to over 99% of the nation’s landmass, led a successful effort to provide more transparency to sale barns during the audit process, and been a strong voice on efforts to push back on overreach ranging from farm dust regulations to federal limits on teenagers working on their neighbors farms.
In addition to my efforts to get the federal government out of the way, I have also worked with my colleagues to pass legislation to strengthen our agricultural industry. In 2014 I was pleased to see a bipartisan five-year farm bill signed into law. I believe a strong farm bill is necessary to ensure America maintains the safest, most affordable food supply in the world. Currently, we are working to get 2019 Farm Bill across the finish line. Providing the safest, most abundant food supply in the world for the American people is the primary objective of this important legislation. It is critical that it should prioritize farmers and ranchers while addressing other needs such as rural broadband, trade, research and development, and good conservation practices. The House version contains historic improvements to the SNAP program to help recipients break the cycle of poverty by improving work opportunities for able-bodied adults receiving federal nutrition assistance, and I will work hard during conference to ensure the final bill promotes individual success for those receiving government assistance.
I have also introduced or supported bills to push back on agency overreach from OSHA and FERC, to promote free trade, and allow our farmers and ranchers to continue to provide the country with quality products unhindered by federal bureaucrats.
As long as I am in Washington, I will continue to work for common-sense farm policy that strikes a balance between protecting rural interests and advancing fiscal responsibility. A safe and abundant domestic food supply is vitally important to the overall strength of America, and I am committed to protecting the ability of all Missouri’s Fourth District farmers and ranchers to run their operations as they see fit.
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