The First District of Kentucky is home to thousands of contributors to the agricultural industry. We must support and modernize programs that have proven effective in helping our nation's hard-working farmers to operate, compete and succeed. As Congress tackles issues related to the agricultural industry, farm families in the First District should know they have an advocate looking out for their best interests on the House Committee on Agriculture.
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President Trump, along with leaders from Mexico and Canada, signed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) on November 30, 2018. Since then, Canada began the process to vote on implementing the legislation in May of this year and Mexico’s Senate overwhelmingly ratified the agreement shortly after in June. However, months continue to pass without its ratification by the United States Congress. When the House of Representatives returns in September, nothing is more important than Speaker Pelosi bringing the USMCA up for a vote.
This April, I spent the two-week district work period in several counties throughout the 1st District. We’re off to a busy start in Washington this year, and district work periods afford me the important opportunity to hear about how Washington can better serve our citizens. As I travel throughout the district, I am reminded of the important perspectives of those in Western and Central Kentucky which help shape policy in agriculture, healthcare, energy, education and so much more.
WASHINGTON – Congressman Comer testified today during Member Day at the House Appropriation Committee’s Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. Member Days allow for Representatives to speak before any given congressional committee about his or her high-level legislative priorities.
Energy and infrastructure policy debate has taken center stage across the country. As the new Ranking Member of the Committee on Oversight and Reform’s (COR) Subcommittee on the Environment, this session of Congress I will have a significant role in examining policies related to climate change, energy, and public health.
The latest policy proposal to come across my desk? The Green New Deal.
2018 has been packed with important debate, deliberation, and compromises as well as many successes. My Republican colleagues and I have worked hard to deliver on our promises to the American people and to uphold President Trump’s America-first agenda. While perspectives are diverse among the 435 Members of the House of Representatives, each of us play a significant role in serving our unique portions of the nation. Over the past year, and throughout the 115th Congress, it is important to reflect on some of the major accomplishments that lead us into the next Congress.
Today the House of Representatives passed a five-year Farm Bill. Congressman Comer, along with 368 other congressional colleagues, voted in support of the bill. The Agriculture Improvement Act (H.R. 2) includes many incremental wins for rural America. It fully protects crop insurance, makes significant improvements to rural broadband, and implements key changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Congressman James Comer was recently awarded the Friend of Farm Bureau Award by the American Farm Bureau Federation for his commitment to improving the lives of those in rural America. This award is given to Members of Congress who have supported Farm Bureau’s position on policy issues, as shown through their voting records.
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Comer met with House and Senate Farm Bill Conference Committee members today to begin formulating a final draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. Today marks the first meeting of the Farm Bill Conference Committee – an influential committee that is tasked with framing a final piece of legislation after working out differences in the Farm Bills passed by each respective chamber.
As your representative in Congress, I am committed to fighting for the issues that matter most to the First District of Kentucky. In recent months, I have seen firsthand the threat posed by Asian carp to our beautiful lakes and rivers in Western Kentucky, and the communities that rely on these waters for fishing, tourism, recreation and so much more. This invasive species has wreaked havoc on the local ecosystem, displaced the formerly plentiful game fish that draw so many anglers to the region, and, in the case of Silver carp, injured boaters and other Kentuckians out on the water.
Washington, DC – Congressman James Comer (KY-01) has been selected to serve on the conference committee tasked with negotiating a final version of the Farm Bill. While the House of Representatives and the Senate both passed a Farm Bill in late June, there are several key differences between the two versions that must be resolved before a final Farm Bill can be signed into law, providing Kentucky farmers the long-term certainty and security they need.