Washington, D.C. Update

August 5, 2022

Stabenow selects new Committee Staff Director

Last week, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) announced Erica Chabot would replace Joe Shultz as majority staff director. Chabot has spent the last ten years as Appropriations Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) legislative director and deputy chief of staff. As legislative director, Chabot led agriculture and nutrition-related initiatives for Leahy, for the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills.

House Agriculture Republicans Call for EPA Oversight Hearing

This week, House Agriculture Committee Republican leadership sent a letter to Committee Chairman David Scott (D-GA) requesting a hearing with Brendan Regan, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The letter noted the EPA’s role in regulating crop protection tools and argued the EPA has weaponized these tools, harming farmers and exacerbating inflation and supply chain disruptions. The members called for Chairman Scott to hold a hearing with the EPA Administrator prior to September 30. The letter can be found here.

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