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  • **Media Advisory** Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus Briefing
    Posted in Media Advisories on June 20, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation

    The Congressional Pollinator Protection Caucus, Co-Chaired by Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Jeff Denham (R-CA), in cooperation with the Pollinator Partnership and the American Society of Landscape Architects, will host a briefing on the status of pollinator health and conservation actions. The briefing will take place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 12:30 PM in room 340 of the Cannon House Office Building. The distinguished panel will include: Gene Brandi President, American Beekee... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on U.S.-Mexico Sugar Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on June 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Co-Chairman of the House Sugar Caucus, released the following statement regarding the announced agreement in principle to suspend antidumping and countervailing duties against Mexican sugar imports into the United States: “The deal announced yesterday by Secretary of Commerce Ross and Mexican Secretary of Economy Guajardo is a step in the right direction. These types of deals are never easy, and I appreciate the hard work put in by the parties involved. “A n... Read more

  • Hastings, Buchanan, Trott, and Boyle Introduce the Dog and Cat Meat Trade Prohibition Act of 2017
    Posted in Press Releases on March 7, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Agriculture, Animal Welfare and Wildlife Conservation

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after introducing bipartisan legislation prohibiting the slaughter of dogs and cats for human consumption in the United States. Joining Hastings in introducing the legislation, which has been endorsed by The Humane Society of the United States and The Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, were Representatives Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Dave Trott (R-MI), and Brendan F. Boyle (D-PA). (Please find a copy of the legislation attached.) ... Read more

  • 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