Kansas Corn Statement on Senator Roberts’ Service on the Senate Ag Committee
The Kansas Corn Growers Association made the following statement regarding the service of Senator Pat Roberts as Ranking Member of the US Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Roberts will remain on the Senate Agriculture Committee, but yielded his Ranking Member status to Senator Thad Cochran who asserted his seniority on the committee to take the ranking member post.
“For years, the Kansas Corn Growers Association has worked closely on ag issues with Senator Roberts. We were proud to have Senator Roberts as the Ranking Member on the Ag Committee in 2012. We are confident in the fact that he will remain a vocal and respected member of the ag committee,” according to KCGA President Bob Timmons. “We have never doubted Senator Roberts’ dedication to agriculture. His experience in building consensus on Farm Bills and other farm policy is extremely valuable to the growers of our state.”
Senator Roberts Issues Statement on Senate Agriculture Committee
January 3, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Senator Pat Roberts today made the following statement regarding his service as ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
“Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is going to assert his seniority on the Ag Committee and will become the ranking member,” Roberts said. “Seniority is a well-respected and historic privilege in the U.S. Senate. Senator Cochran has my full support, and I will move his nomination when I bring the committee together for a vote later today. I expect it to be unanimous.
“Rest assured, I will remain a strong and vocal champion for agriculture as a senior member of the committee. I will retain my Finance Committee seat and as a senior member of this committee, I am able to affect trade policy, especially ag trade, tax reform, and rural health care.
“This action today allows me to assert my seniority as the ranking member of the Rules Committee. This committee will become increasingly important as I expect to play a very vigorous role in defense of minority rights,which are under attack by the Democrat Majority Leader, as well as top line issues like campaign finance reform and federal election law.
“No matter whether I hold the gavel, or whether I am the ranking member or whether I am a senior member, agriculture has always been a top priority of my efforts in public service. Nothing will change that. My message to Kansas farmers and ranchers is that I will continue to be your voice and your champion at every turn.”
“I wish Senator Cochran the best in his new position and will work with him and his staff to ensure a smooth transition on the committee. I look forward to working closely with Senator Cochran in this new congress to pass a five year farm bill that benefits producers, consumers and the taxpayer.”
Senator Roberts remains a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics.