(DECEMBER 3, 2020) – This week, the Democratic and Republican House Caucuses voted on their committee leadership for the 117th Congress.
In the House Agriculture Committee chair contest, Representative David Scott of Georgia secured the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee’s nomination with almost twice as many votes as his opponent, Rep. Jim Costa of California. Rep. Scott went on to receive full support from the House Democratic Caucus.
On the Republican side, Rep. Glenn Thompson of Pennsylvania will move forward as the ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee in the 117th Congress.
United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Brooke Miller issued the following statement congratulating both Congressmen:
“USCA appreciates outgoing House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson’s over thirty years of leadership and service as a staunch advocate for rural and agricultural America. Since 2005, Mr. Peterson presided over three Farm Bills, including the 2008 Farm Bill which included a Livestock Title that required country-of-origin labeling on meat product and increased oversight of and protection via the Packers & Stockyards Act.
“We’re confident that Rep. Scott and Rep. Thompson will continue building on that foundation – strengthening protections for producers against unfair and anticompetitive market practices, establishing truthful, transparent labeling practices for beef and meat products, and ensuring national food security by ensuring the sustainability of independent producers.”
“USCA congratulates Rep. Scott and Rep. Thompson on being selected to lead the House Agriculture Committee and looks forward to working with both individuals in a bipartisan manner to advance policies that benefit U.S. cattle producers.”