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Contact Congress Now Regarding HR2
– Stop Wireless in Rural America –
Call the Leaders of the Joint Conference Committee Today to Stop Wireless Broadband Deployment in Rural America
H.R.2  is a Farm Bill that has passed both the Senate and the House. Next Wednesday, September 5th it will be reviewed by a Joint Conference Committee of both the House and the Senate to work out differences before forwarding it to the President.
We want to ask for wired DSL and fiber optics connection to the home, not undependable and unhealthy wireless in rural communities. WE WANT THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS TAKEN OUT OF THE FARM BILL:
House Joint Conference Committee
Wed, Sep 05, 2018
9:30 AM – SR-325
As listed on the agenda: Meeting of conferees on H.R.2, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through fiscal year 2023.
Most Importantly, Please Call and/or
Email the Following Chairmen and
Ranking Members.
 
Ask that internet connections remain wired through fiber optics, landlines or ethernet to the home which is a much safer, faster and more cybersecure than wireless communication.
Agriculture Committee Chairmen & Ranking Members:
Chairman
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas – 202-224-4774
Rep. K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas – 202-225-3605
Chief of Staff – Mark.Williams@mail.house.gov
Ranking Members
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan – 202-224-4822
Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minnesota – 202-225-2165
Chief of Staff – Allison.Myhre@mail.house.gov
(We have listed the staff emails for the 4 ranking members of the Agricultural Committee – access by clicking on their names)
You can also contact the rest of the committee attendees.
There are 56 attendees in total, listed below.
Their telephone numbers and staff emails are listed in the
Password: 1620771415
Click HERE for instructions on how to use the Directory
Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas – See contact info above
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky – 202-224-2541
Senator John Boozman, R-Arkansas – (202) 224-4843
Senator John Hoeven, R-North Dakota – (202) 224-2551 Chief of Staff: Ryan Bernstein email: Ryan_Bernstein@Hoeven.Senate.Gov
Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa – (202) 224-3254
Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan – See contact info above
Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont – (202) 224-4242
Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio- (202) 224-2315
Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-North Dakota – (202) 224-2043
House Republican Conferees
House Agriculture Committee Conferees:
Chairman Mike Conaway (TX-11) – See contact info above
Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05)
Bob Goodlatte (VA-06)
Frank Lucas (OK-03)
Mike Rogers (AL-03)
Austin Scott (GA-08)
Rick Crawford (AR-01)
Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Ted Yoho (FL-03)
David Rouzer (NC-07)
Roger Marshall (KS-01)
Jodey Arrington (TX-19)
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Farm Bills, NAIS and other national disasters

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In 2007, Representative Colin Peterson (D) MN, slipped a provision into the 2007 Farm Bill, reducing the number of required federal inspections for small meat processors.  I find this interesting considering how hard he is pushing NAIS.

 

By Peterson’s own admission, he has authored several bills moving the inspection of food from the FDA to the USDA.  Somehow, this seems akin to shuffling chairs on the deck of the Titanic.  Neither agency is capable or willing to work within their mandates. 

 

It would appear Peterson condones the harassment and raids by USDA and FDA on farms and ranches in order to frighten them into complying with NAIS and to end independent farms and ranches in favor of industrialized factory farms.

 

USDA was given the job of enacting the 2005 Labeling Law, which would have required the country of origin to be listed on the label and could have been a [traceability] component when food contamination appeared in the US as a result of e-coli, melamine additives to falsely increase protein content in animal foods, and other contaminants that were dumped into our food supply and co-mingled with domestic products.

 

As of this date, USDA still has NOT enacted that law claiming that it is too cost prohibitive.  But! it seems they have LOTS of money to spend trying to implement and force compliance in the National Animal Identification System; A system no one but industrial factory farms and bio-pirates wants or needs. 

 

As of 2007, the USDA and FDA combined were only inspecting 1% of the $65 billion in food imports.  Almost without exception, any food contamination has occurred in the contents of imported foods and seldom occurs in domestic production systems and when it has happened, is usually at the point of processing where we are supposed to have inspectors.  Once these contaminated and un-inspected food products are dumped into the domestic food supply, it is nearly impossible to track the source.  I was able to find no data for 2008.

Domestic producers (other than most meat), can expect to see an FDA inspector once every 5-10 years.

If I understand correctly, FDA even with USDA help cannot inspect any more than 1% of food imports, cannot show up to inspect domestic producers any more often than once in every 5-10 years because they are so understaffed and under funded……but they have the time and resources to conduct raids and put farms and ranches under surveillance who have refused to submit to NAIS and Premises ID? 

 

When the head of Georgia Peanut Company knowingly ships out contaminated products while sitting on a quality control board for the USDA, I believe it highly unlikely that USDA would be an agency capable of protecting anyone’s safety on any level. 

 

It seems to me if our food producers are so vulnerable to safety issues, we would strengthen the known source of most contamination: foreign imports. Yet even as the multiple instances of food contamination were reported, neither USDA nor FDA or Colin Peterson for that matter, made any move to halt imports from China, Viet Nam, or Mexico: countries that had all sent us contaminated foods.   And, neither did anyone else in either house of congress.  I guess as long as they weren’t forced to consume any of this garbage shipped in from countries whose standards are nearly non-existent, it didn’t matter.

As food imports have increased dramatically in the last ten years, food inspections have decreased. 

Colin Peterson had this to say about contaminated foreign products in May, 2007:

“The next time tainted food or feed products slip through the very large crack in our import inspection system, we may be forced to confront a much more serious situation in terms of animal or human health” he said.

Wouldn’t this indicate at the very least that the attempt to force a pointless, costly program that has absolutely no value to anyone (NAIS) should be scrapped and an increase in inspections, labeling and tracking of imports be the cause of the day? 

 

©2009 Marti Oakley

 

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