Agriculture

Larsen Statement on House Passage of USMCA

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Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02), a co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition Trade Task Force, released the following statement after voting for the United States – Mexico – Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA): “After carefully reviewing the agreement and hearing from my constituents in the Second District, I decided to vote for the USMCA. “Today’s passage of the…

Larsen Votes for Farm Bill to Address Hunger in Washington State and Support Local Farms

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the below statement after voting for the Farm Bill, which would support Washington’s Second Congressional District: “The final Farm Bill addresses some of the concerns I raised regarding the House Farm Bill in May. Nearly one in eight Washingtonians suffer from hunger, and this legislation provides important funding to help address hunger in…

DelBene and Larsen Introduce Legislation to Invest in Small Fruit Research

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Today, Rep. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) introduced legislation that would amend the Specialty Crop Research Initiative to provide $2.5 million annually to support research for berry and grape crops. “Agriculture is a vital, thriving part of Washington state’s economy. The First Congressional District has more than 4,000 farms that supply restaurants,…

Larsen Opposes Farm Bill

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Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) issued the below statement ahead of voting against the Farm Bill, which would negatively impact Washington’s Second Congressional District: “Washington state is the most trade-dependent state in the country, thanks in part to agriculture. The Farm Bill is an opportunity every five years for Congress to help Washington state farmers stay competitive in…

WTO ruling helps U.S. ag exports to Indonesia

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Capital Press: WTO ruling helps U.S. ag exports to Indonesia  By Dan Wheat  Exports of many U.S. agricultural products, including Washington apples, may increase soon because of a recent ruling by the World Trade Organization. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued a news release Dec. 22 stating a WTO panel found in favor of the U.S. and New Zealand in 18 out of 18…

Larsen Votes for Farm Bill That Aids Northwest Farmers, Continues Vital Food Assistance

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Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, issued the following statement after voting in favor of a five-year farm bill that governs federal agricultural policy and nutrition assistance programs. The legislation, known as the Farm Bill, is the product of a compromise between House and Senate negotiators and was passed by the House today. “The Farm Bill makes sure thousands of families in Northwest…

Larsen Votes to Preserve Vital Food Aid for Families in Northwest Washington

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Rep. Rick Larsen, WA-02, today voted against a bill that would cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $40 billion, cutting basic food aid for 4 million Americans. “One of every eight households in Northwest Washington needs food stamps to put food on the dinner table. Half of those families include kids and a quarter include seniors. Nearly 20 percent of…