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Public Statements

Advanced Vehicle Technology Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HOLT. Mr. Chairman, I thank my respected friend from Georgia and also the chairman for their support of my legislation, this amendment that is really quite simple, and I appreciate their support of it.

There is nothing in the bill that would prohibit the use of funds for advanced agriculture vehicles. My amendment, as adopted, simply underscores the importance of research and development in this arena.

Rising food costs have been one of the greatest burdens of America's struggling families, and the cost of fuel in transporting agricultural products has been a major factor in these costs increases.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, prices for what the department calls ``food at home,'' which includes grocery stores, convenience stores and food at farmers markets, will rise 2 to 3 percent this year following an increase of 6.4 percent last year, they say the highest jump in nearly two decades. Increasing food prices are expected to outpace increases in the Consumer Price Index.

Granted, the cost of fuel is only one factor in these increases. But everything we can do to ease the burden of high fuel costs of agricultural products certainly will help. Coming from the Garden State, which has a long agricultural tradition, I feel that this is as important an issue for my constituents as for those in the other 49 States.

I will continue to work to find ways to make agricultural production less costly, more sustainable.


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