The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation would like to extend the warmest welcome to Paul Ryan as House Speaker.
“Congressman Paul Ryan is the right person for the job as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives,” Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation President Jim Holte said. “He is respected, experienced and trusted within politics and when addressing Wisconsin agricultural issues. We see him playing a critical role within leadership as he works to bring unity back to the fractured politics in Washington, D.C.”
His track record for agriculture is strong and includes casting critical votes to pass the 2014 U.S. farm bill and the long-sought improvements to our nation’s ports, locks and dams in the Water Resources Reform Development Act. His efforts in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s misguided attempt to expand its authority with the Clean Water Act are appreciated by many farm families. Support for legislation addressing Country of Origin Labeling repeal, voluntary GMO food labeling, wolf delisting are all highlights of Ryan’s continued support for agriculture.
Ryan was also the key figure in advancing trade promotion authority earlier this year.
“Ryan brings a common sense approach when addressing issues yet has a laser-like focus on topics such as fiscal policy and trade,” Holte said.
Ryan was first elected to Congress in 1998. He has taken on various leadership positions within the House of Representatives as House Budget Committee Chair and House Ways and Means Committee Chair. A seven-time recipient of the Friend of Farm Bureau Award from the American Farm Bureau Federation, Ryan has proved he supports American agriculture.
“Wisconsin farm families appreciate the work of Congressman Ryan, who understands the importance of our state’s $88 billion agricultural economy,” Holte said. “Ryan is well-known for his willingness to work with colleagues across the aisle.”
“We look forward to working with Speaker Ryan on agricultural issues that have become restrictive, over burdensome and costly for farmers and encourage opportunities to increase growth and prosperity for American agriculture,” Holte said.