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Agriculture

Agriculture was a critical building block in America's foundation and has played a crucial role in the culture and economy of Louisiana and the First Congressional District. The First District is blessed with an abundance of agriculture resources, and Congressman Scalise understands the importance of protecting these invaluable resources.

As energy and other input costs rise, our farmers are struggling every day to maintain their operations. Moreover, farmers have endured a 45 percent drop in net farm income over the last three years, the largest three-year drop since the start of the Great Depression. With this agricultural downturn, we must always remember that America was founded on the strength of agricultural production. It is this strength that has led to America becoming one of the most prosperous countries in the world.

To help provide our farmers with the assurance they will make it through tough times, Congress passed and President Trump signed into law a new, five-year Farm Bill in 2018. After successful negotiations between the House and Senate, this comprehensive legislation afforded greater economic stability to farmers.

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July 24, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Reps. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), Garret Graves (R-La.), and Clay Higgins (R-La.) in urging Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to support requests from Gulf Coast states for fishery disaster assistance. This assistance would help mitigate the impacts on seafood and recreational fishing industries throughout 2019 due to the openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

July 23, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 600 business and agricultural leaders from all 50 states plus D.C. and Puerto Rico are calling on their representatives to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), so that Americans everywhere can begin to feel the benefits of this new trade agreement that puts American workers first. USMCA promises to strengthen America's economy, create new jobs, and improve trade between all three countries.

July 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation are calling on Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to begin taking steps to protect the Louisiana seafood and recreational fishing industries and to address the ecological impacts to Lake Pontchartrain from the damaging effects related to the openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in 2019. 

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined fellow Republican leaders to highlight the benefits Americans will feel as soon as the USMCA trade agreement is approved by Congress, like new job and economic opportunities, and encouraged Democrats to swiftly move it to the Floor.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Ways and Means Committee Republican Leader Kevin Brady (R-Texas) co-authored an op-ed for The Hill urging House Democrats to not delay bringing the USMCA trade agreement to the floor for a vote so that Americans nationwide can begin to feel the benefits of the new trade agreement, including new job creation, increased innovation, and more affordable goods.

December 19, 2018 Press Release
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the House voted 350-11 to pass S. 1520, the Modern Fish Act:
December 12, 2018 Press Release
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement after the 2018 Farm Bill passed the House in an overwhelming, bipartisan vote of 369-47.

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