Joint-Committee Hearing on Transportation and International Food Aid

Nov 19, 2015

Thank you Chairman Rouzer and Ranking Member Costa, and Chairman Hunter and Ranking Member Garamendi, of the Transportation Committee Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, for holding today’s hearing. And, welcome today’s witnesses.

Today, we’re focusing specifically on transportation, with witnesses representing the maritime industry. Transportation-related issues have been raised at previous Agriculture Committee hearings on food aid so I think this topic is important for us to further explore as we continue our review into international food aid programs in advance of the next farm bill.

Potential changes to existing food aid programs and cargo preference rules could impact the long-held partnership between the maritime industry and American agriculture. I look forward to today’s testimony on this issue, as well as our witnesses’ perspectives on the improvements we made to U.S. food aid programs in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Again, I thank our witnesses for appearing before us today and the Subcommittee Chairs and Ranking Members for holding this hearing.