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

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:  

 

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

Apr 14, 2016 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after welcoming members of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce to Washington DC for their 62nd annual lobbying trip on Capitol Hill:

 

Congressman Steve King meets with the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce.

Mar 15, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement regarding March 15, 2016 as National Agriculture Day and also this week being National Agriculture Week:

Feb 19, 2016 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after Dow-DuPont announced they did not choose Iowa as the headquarter location for their new agricultural company:

Dec 18, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after voting no on the omnibus spending bill:

Dec 16, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after submitting his amendment, defunding the Climate Change Agreement, to the omnibus spending bill:

“It is the obligation of Congress to restore its Article I Constitutional authority and the balance of power,” said King. “This omnibus is the best opportunity to support and defend our Constitutional authority.

Dec 16, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after submitting his amendment, defunding the new Waters of the United States rule (WOTUS), to the omnibus spending bill:

“It is the obligation of Congress to restore its Article I Constitutional authority and the balance of power,” said King. “This omnibus is the best opportunity to support and defend our Constitutional authority.

Dec 1, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Steve King released the following statement after submitting an amendment to the House Rules Committee for H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015:

“The petroleum industry lobby is working towards a 100% petroleum mandate,” said King. “The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the only tool that provides market access so that ethanol and other renewable fuels are sold in competition with petroleum. Attacking the RFS is forcing Iowa farmers and the ethanol industry out of the competitive market.

Nov 30, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Steve King released the following statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled the final volume requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2014 through 2016:

 

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

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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