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As Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in the 114th Congress, Mike Conaway has revised the subcommittee structure to allow for closer policy oversight and careful attention to reauthorization of nutrition programs and futures trading. Chairman Conaway says it is too soon to evaluate the success of risk management tools in the new farm bill till all of the policy reform is in place. He says the committee will evaluate the implementation and function of risk management tools. Conaway expects congressional action on immigration policy but isn’t sure tax reform will be a part of the early congressional agenda.
The Texas Republican leader says the budget process will dominate the early days of the new congress and expects budget reconciliation to play a major role in policy reform and debate.
Conaway says the government must respect industry investments made within the Renewable Fuels Standard but questions legislative production goals set for ethanol from cellulose.