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  • Hastings, Denham Introduce Legislation to Protect Pollinators Ahead of National Pollinator Week
    Posted in Press Releases on June 11, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Environment and Conservation

    Today, Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Jeff Denham (R-CA), co-chairs of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, introduced the Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act, known as the Highways BEE Act. “As Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, I am honored to once again introduce the Highways BEE Act,” Congressman Hastings said. “Through already existing authorities and funding sources, this bill will encourage the planting and cu... Read more

  • **MEDIA ADVISORY** Hastings and Buchanan to Host Meeting of Florida Congressional Delegation
    Posted in Media Advisories on March 17, 2015 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Environment and Conservation

    Congressmen Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Co-Chairman of the Florida Congressional delegation will host a delegation meeting on Wednesday, March 18th at 8:30 AM on agricultural issues affecting Florida. The meeting is open to the public and will take place in room 2212 of the Rayburn House Office Building (House Armed Services Subcommittee Room). Confirmed panelists, include: • Mike Stuart, President, Florida Fruits and Vegetables Association • Michael W. Sparks, Executive V... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Presidential Task Force on Pollinators
    Posted in Press Releases on June 20, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after President Barack Obama announced the creation of a task force to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators: “I am pleased that President Obama is taking the issue of pollinator loss seriously. Pollinators such as bees, birds, bats, and butterflies are vital to our food supply and the U.S. economy at large. The loss of pollinators has been severe and persistent in recent years and must be addressed. “I... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on 8th Annual National Pollinator Week
    Posted in Press Releases on June 17, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in recognition of the 8th annual National Pollinator Week, which is celebrated from June 16 - 20, 2014: “As the co-founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, I am pleased to mark this year’s National Pollinator Week. Our nation continues to see an alarming decline in pollinators and we must do more to protect the birds, bats, bees, and butterflies that pollinate our food. “Seventy-five percen... Read more

  • Hastings and Denham Introduce Legislation to Protect Pollinators
    Posted in Press Releases on May 30, 2014 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation

    Today, Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Jeff Denham (R-CA), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, introduced the Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act, known as the Highways BEE Act (Legislation Attached): “I am pleased to introduce the Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act with my Co-Chairman of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, Representative Denham. This bi-partisan bill provides much-needed aid for the birds, bats, be... Read more

  • Hastings and Bernice Johnson Send Letter Urging No Further Cuts to SNAP in the Farm Bill Conference Report
    Posted in Press Releases on December 4, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) sent the following letter to Congressman Collin Peterson, Ranking Democratic Member of the House Committee on Agriculture, and Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, opposing additional cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the 2013 Farm Bill conference report. (Please see below and attached a copy of the letter). Joining Hastings and Johnson in signing ... Read more

  • Hastings Blasts Republican Efforts to Cut Roughly $40 Billion From Food Stamps
    Posted in Press Releases on September 19, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives voted 217-210 to cut roughly $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps: “Today, I voted against H.R. 3102, the detrimental Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013. This legislation can more accurately be described as the Increasing Hunger in America Act. “This ill-advised legislation cuts roughly $40 billion from the... Read more

  • Hastings Statement on National Pollinator Week
    Posted in Press Releases on June 17, 2013 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation, Environment

    (Washington D.C.) Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement in recognition of the 7th annual National Pollinator Week, which is celebrated from June 17-23, 2013. “As the co-founder and co-chairman of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, I am proud to recognize the 7th annual National Pollinator Week. Our ecosystem is delicate and relies greatly on pollinators such as bees, birds, butterflies, bats and other insects to move pollen and promote fertilizatio... Read more

  • Hastings Recognizes National Pollinator Week
    Posted in Press Releases on June 18, 2012 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) made the following statement in recognition of National Pollinator Week. This year marks its sixth anniversary, which is celebrated from June 18-24, 2012. "As the co-founder of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, I am proud to recognize National Pollinator Week. Seventy-five percent of all flowering plants rely on animals and insects like butterflies, bats, birds, and most importantly bees to move pollen from one plant to another and p... Read more

  • Hastings Introduces Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act
    Posted in Press Releases on June 24, 2011 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture

    Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-Miramar) and Congressman Timothy V. Johnson (R-IL), Co-Chairmen of the Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, introduced the Highways Bettering the Economy and Environment Act of 2011 (Highways BEE Act). This zero-cost, bi-partisan legislation will help create much-needed habitat for the birds, bats, bees, and butterflies that pollinate our food. (Please find attached a copy of the bill). "There are nearly 17 million acres of land along our highways w... Read more