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Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. MEEKS. Mr. Chairman, as an American, I am proud that for six decades our great Nation has been a leader in the global effort to fight hunger and malnutrition. I have seen for myself what we have been able to do, helping Haiti, Pakistan, Sudan, Kyrgyzstan, Botswana, and so many more nations, yet we can do better. We can reach millions more. We can enable local and regional producers to do more, and we can alleviate hunger while at the same time promoting agriculture development that is so desperately needed in many low-income and high-risk developing nations.

I've seen how much more we can do if we enable in-country producers with local procurement and technical assistance. Millions more can be reached more efficiently and effectively and we can better empower nations and their people with the ability to self-sustain.

Food reform makes sense. If our goal is to help as many people as possible with funds that are dedicated to fighting hunger, why not reach millions more for what we are spending today? I want it to be the case that we have reached many. When I go on future trips, I want to know that there is progress for recipient nations on how many we have reached. But I also want the capacity of those to have increased to help themselves.

Support and vote for the Royce-Engel amendment.


Mr. MEEKS. Mr. Chairman, today, I rise to demonstrate my strong support for this amendment, led by my colleague from New York, Mr. Gibson, to strike the olive oil price increase.

This amendment is needed to stop the unnecessary increase in olive oil pricing. The unfair marketing order being considered would place heavy restrictions and burdens on the importation of olive oil.

The United States is the largest importer of oil, importing approximately 97 percent of the olive oil Americans consume. The marketing order would result in tens of millions of dollars of costs for inspections a year, in turn raising the price of olive oil and making it incredibly expensive.

The inspection would occur only when it is produced, not once the product enters the United States. This tax on American consumers will hinder trade and undermine our international trade relations. It is clearly a non-tariff trade barrier, which will further complicate U.S. trade and export relations with our Transatlantic partners.

Just this week, the President has launched the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations. This provision is against the spirit of the talks and trade with our largest trading partner. Current European Union free trade talks would be compromised, resulting in the loss of greater U.S. exports.

I urge my colleagues to support this amendment to strike the olive oil price increase.


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