Farm Workforce Modernization Act Reintroduced

On Wednesday Central Washington’s Dan Newhouse and California’s Zoe Lofgren reintroduced the Farm Workforce Modernization Act. The lawmakers says the bipartisan bill, which passed the House during last year’s Congress, aims to ensure a legal, reliable workforce for America’s farmers and ranchers. Among other provisions, it would amend the H-2A program to allow a capped number […]

Newhouse: The Return Of Vilsack Good News For Northwest Ag

Dan Newhouse says Tom Vilsack returning to head the USDA is a good thing for the farming community. The Chair of the Western Congressional Caucus, and a central Washington farmer himself, Newhouse said Vilsack can hit the ground running. Adding the Secretary understands many of the issues before Northwest producers. “He is very familiar with […]

Newhouse: Rejoining Paris Climate Agreement Will Hurt Rural America

On Friday, the United States officially rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement. This came after President Biden signed an Executive Order on his first day in office to reenter the Agreement. Late last week, Dan Newhouse, chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus said the Paris Agreement was a bad deal then and it’s a bad deal […]

Newhouse Introduces Legislation To Help Craft Industry

Late last week Representative Dan Newhouse joined his colleagues to introduce the Fairness for Craft Beverage Producers Act. Newhouse said the bill would allow craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, and other small beverage producers that depend on in-person sales in their taprooms and tasting rooms to be eligible for a larger loan amount in the Second Draw […]

Newhouse: I Will Continue To Push Ag Committee To Help Farmers, Producers

With Democrats controlling the House and Senate, the priorities of the respective Ag committees have changed compared to sessions past. More of a focus are climate change, racial equality, and hunger programs in more urbanized areas. Dan Newhouse, chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, said while he plans to work with the majority party to […]

Newhouse Named To House Appropriations Subcommittee On Ag

Central Washington Representative Dan Newhouse has been appointed to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration. Newhouse said he will also continue to serve on the Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies as well as the Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.  “I am honored to continue […]

Newhouse Looks Forward To Working With The Biden Administration

Dan Newhouse says the return of Tom Vilsack as head of the USDA will be a good one for Northwest producers. Newhouse said Vilsack, who served as Ag Secretary for eight years under President Obama, understands the unique issues facing the local farm community. “Tom Vilsack has been to the Northwest several times, and I’ve […]

Newhouse, Others Call On USDA To Provide Farmers With COVID-19 Funding

Last week, Representatives Dan Newhouse, Jimmy Panetta, Jim Costa and others led 70 colleagues writing a bipartisan letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and the USDA, calling on him to spend specific funding to protect Ag workers. The letter calls on Perdue to make at least $1.5 billion of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 available […]

Western Representatives Call For Reauthorization Of WHIP+

On Tuesday, Washington Representative Dan Newhouse, Oregon’s Peter DeFazio, joined California reps Mike Thompson, Barbara Lee and Jimmy Panetta to reintroduce the WHIP+ Reauthorization Act. This bipartisan bill introduced by Members from West Coast states hit hard by wildfires this summer and fall. The proposal reactivates the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+) for 2020 […]

Newhouse: Despite Challenges, Perdue Did A Good Job As USDA Head

As the Trump Administration prepares to exit Washington D.C., that means Sonny Perdue’s time as the Ag Secretary is coming to a close. Dan Newhouse Chairman of the congressional Western Caucus, said the past four years were challenging for farm country, and he felt Perdue did a good job listening to the concerns of everyday […]