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

Nov 21, 2016 Press Release
“Last year, both the Senate and the House passed a resolution of disapproval (S.J.Res.22), led by Senator Ernst to scrap this harmful rule. It passed each chamber with bipartisan support, but our current president vetoed it anyway.” 

 

Nov 2, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after President Obama approved Gov. Terry Branstad’s request to declare 19 Iowa counties impacted by severe flooding on September 21-23 of this year as a federal disaster area.

Oct 21, 2016 Press Release

Washington D.C. – The entire Iowa congressional delegation today urged President Obama to support Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad’s request to declare 19 Iowa counties a federal disaster area.  The declaration would make the counties eligible to receive federal aid for the damage inflicted by high winds, severe thunderstorms, heavy rains, hail and flash flooding and resulted in riverine flooding from Sept. 21 through Oct. 3, 2016.

Oct 7, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Rep. Steve King, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Rod Blum, Rep. David Young, and Rep. Dave Loebsack sent a letter to Governor Terry Branstad supporting the State of Iowa in its response and recovery efforts underway for the severe weather and flooding event starting September 21st. 

Sep 30, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C.  – Rep. Steve King, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Joni Ernst, Rep. Dave Loebsack, Rep. Rod Blum, and Rep. David Young are asking the top House and Senate committee leaders to retain Iowa projects in the final version of the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 for potential congressional consideration later this fall. 

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Sep 26, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in response to the serious flooding in Iowa:

Jul 14, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement in regards to voting YES on senate amendment to S. 764, an Act to reauthorize and amend the National Sea Grant College Program Act, and for other purposes:

Jun 22, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement that was submitted into the record at the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power in regards to the Implementation Standards of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS):

May 26, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting no on H.R. 5055, Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act:

Apr 15, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement praising MidAmerican Energy Company’s announcement of wind expansion in Iowa:  

 

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