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McMorris Rodgers helps lead bill to protect dams, energy production in PNW

Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05), Congressman Dan Newhouse (WA-04), and Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03) have introduced legislation to protect the four lower Snake River dams. Specifically, the Federal Columbia River Power System Certainty Act supports the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS) and the many benefits it brings to the region by improving and maintaining hydropower assets, ensuring ... Read More »

Wheat Growers encouraged by House passage of water resources bill

Efforts to protect lower Snake River dams critical to wheat industry The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) is encouraged by the U.S. House of Representatives’ bipartisan passage of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2022 (H.R. 7776), which continues robust investments in U.S. waterways infrastructure that allow wheat growers to safely and efficiently move our products to consumers ... Read More »

NAWG statement on president signing infrastructure package

From the National Association of Wheat Growers Today, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) into law. The $1.2 trillion package not only reauthorizes the surface transportation programs for five years, but also makes a $550 billion investment on top of existing programs. While significant investments in infrastructure have long been elusive, the Infrastructure Investment and ... Read More »

Congressional delegation calls for expanded ag assistance

Members of the Washington and Oregon delegation signed onto a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), urging USDA to take all statutory eligibilities into account when distributing the $10 billion in aid to Pacific Northwest agricultural producers hit hard by extreme heat, drought and wildfires this summer. “Congress provided $10 billion to cover ... Read More »

NAWG welcomes FY2021 omnibus, COVID-19 relief package

From the National Association of Wheat Growers On Dec. 21, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, sending it to the president’s desk for his signature. The legislation includes all 12 fiscal year 2021 appropriations bills, $900 billion in coronavirus relief and authorizations. National Association of Wheat Growers’ (NAWG) ... Read More »

Forum addresses next four years of agricultural policy

From the Capital Press As President-elect Joe Biden prepares take office on Jan. 20, experts predict his administration will shape agricultural policy by focusing on public health, climate change and rural development, among other key priorities. Four panelists — including three former USDA secretaries — discussed what farmers can expect over the next four years as part of a virtual ... Read More »

Wheat growers congratulate McMorris Rodgers on key appointment

Energy and Commerce Committee to benefit under her leadership The Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG) congratulates Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) for her recent selection as the Republican leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “Congresswoman McMorris Rodgers has been a steadfast advocate of the farmers and ranchers of Eastern Washington. She has fought to make sure the ... Read More »

Newhouse elected chair of Western Caucus

Yesterday, the executive committee of the Congressional Western Caucus voted unanimously to elect Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) as chairman of the Western Caucus for the 117th Congress. The Western Caucus, currently led by Chairman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), is a bipartisan coalition of nearly 70 members of Congress from 35 different states and territories who advocate for rural, western and resource-based communities. ... Read More »

Congressman meets with wheat growers to discuss issues

By Trista Crossley “With travel being curtailed during the pandemic, it has been more difficult for us to meet in person with our legislators, so we want to thank Rep. Newhouse for coming to Ritzville to sit down with us,” said Michelle Hennings, executive director of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers (WAWG). “We also want to thank those growers ... Read More »

House, Senate take action on agency funding, spending bill

Compiled by NAWG House passes CR keeping government funded through November On Sept. 18, 2019, House leadership finalized language for a continuing resolution (CR) that would extend existing agency funding through Nov. 21, 2019, averting a shutdown on Oct. 1, 2019. In its update to the states, the National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG) noted that “leaders did include language ... Read More »