Congressman Steve King

Representing the 4th District of Iowa

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Agriculture and Energy

Agriculture, conservation and energy are all issues that are extremely important to Iowans. The Fourth District is one of the leading agricultural production districts in America and will lead the nation in egg and pork production and will be near the top in corn and soybean production as well. It will also rank first among all 435 congressional districts in ethanol and total renewable energy production. Agriculture is a major part of our economy and our communities in Iowa, and federal agricultural policy has a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of Iowans. All new wealth comes from the land, and we need to add value to those resources as close to the corn stalk and bean stubble as we can.

In 2008, as a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I helped write the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill was set to be renewed in 2012, and as a senior Member of the House Agriculture Committee, I played an active role in the legislative process. An extension of the 2008 Farm Bill was passed on December 12, 2013 that was set to expire on January 31, 2014. On January 29, 2014 the Conference Report on H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 was passed in the House. I am pleased that we produced a 5-year Farm Bill for the people of Iowa and all Americans so they can have the agriculture policy predictability they deserve. This was a good, bi-partisan effort and I am grateful for the hard work and efforts of Chairman Frank Lucas and my fellow Agriculture Committee Members. The President signed the final Farm Bill into law on February 7, 2014. I was honored to be a voice at the table for Iowans throughout this process and I will continue my work to support sound agriculture policy moving forward.

I also believe it is important that the Fourth District remain a leader in wind energy, ethanol and biodiesel production. In order to become energy independent, we need to increase the size of the domestically produced energy pie by pursuing an all of the above domestic energy policy. Doing so will help to decrease our dependence on foreign sources of energy, and as the founding co-chair of the Ag Energy User's Caucus, I work hard to advance legislation to do just that.

More on Agriculture and Energy

Jun 18, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steve King released the following video statement after voting in favor of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA):

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To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here.

Jun 16, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing H.R. 2778, the Sunset Act:

“The role of Congress is to make the law, not create onerous red tape for entrepreneurs and businesses,” said King. “Americans must be able to hold their elected officials accountable for the rules and regulations that the federal government imposes upon them, and the Sunset Act will do just that.

Jun 15, 2015 Press Release

The entire Iowa delegation today pressed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to host a public hearing in Iowa on the proposed Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs). The EPA's long delay in issuing RVOs for 2014, 2015, and 2016, and its decision to deviate from the levels set by Congress has created uncertainty for the biofuels industry and stifled investment.  

Jun 10, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following video excerpt of him speaking on the House Floor in support of H.R. 2393, the Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act (COOL) which passed the House today:

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To watch Congressman Steve King’s full remarks, click here.

May 29, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congressman Steve King released the following comments after the release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs).  

May 1, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after Governor Terry Branstad joined by Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Director Mark Schouten announced Iowa to be in a state of emergency due to the recent avian influenza H5N2 outbreak.

Apr 22, 2015 Column

It must be said, free trade agreements are not the avenue for the president to complete his objective to “fundamentally transform America.”

Apr 20, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the confirmed presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) at a commercial laying facility in Osceola County, Iowa. This is the second confirmed case in the state.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Iowa Department of Public Health considers the risk to people from these HPAI H5 infections in wild birds, backyard flocks and commercial poultry, to be low.  No human infections with the virus have ever been detected.

Mar 20, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after re-introducing the “No Hungry Kids Act,” H.R. 1363. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released new standards that have left children across the nation hungry during the school day because of calorie rationing.  The "No Hungry Kids Act" repeals this USDA rule that created the new standards, prohibits the USDA's upper caloric limits, and protects the rights of parents to send their children to school with the foods of their choice.

Feb 3, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after introducing the Protect Interstate Commerce Act (PICA). Last Congress, PICA was adopted by voice vote in the House Agriculture Committee to be included in the 2014 Farm Bill.

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