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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Today Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs for the Environmental Working Group, issued the following statement on farm subsidies in Congress’ final farm bill:

“The farm bill released today creates new farm subsidy loopholes that will further distort the farm safety net. 

“By extending farm subsidies to a farmer’s first cousins, nieces and nephews and rejecting sensible reforms designed to ensure that farm subsidies flow to actual farmers in need – not millionaires and city slickers – this farm bill takes a major step backwards.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs for the Environmental Working Group, issued the following statement today on Congress’ final farm bill.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

 

Contact: EWG Press Team: (202) 667-6982 or [email protected]

REVEALED: Farm Bailout Payments for Trump’s Trade War

WASHINGTON – The names of Americans who have received bailout payments from the Department of Agriculture in response to President Trump’s trade war will be revealed by the Environmental Working Group at a press conference on Monday, Nov. 19.

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Friday, June 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs for the Environmental Working Group, issued the following statement today on the Senate version of the farm bill: 

The bipartisan farm bill released today by the Senate Agriculture Committee is a sharp contrast to the terrible, partisan farm bill proposed by the House. 

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Friday, June 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – Legislation introduced in Congress seeks to preempt state laws that require products to carry labels informing consumers of potential health risks like cancer and developmental harm to children.

The Accurate Labels Act, introduced this week in the House and Senate, is backed by the food industry and other sectors.  If it were to become law, state laws like Proposition 65 in California, which requires labels on products that contain ingredients that could cause cancer and other health problems, would be preempted.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt spent $1,560 in taxpayer money on 12 custom fountain pens emblazoned with his signature and the agency’s seal, according to internal emails obtained by the Sierra Club through a public records request.

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Proposal Would Triple Number of Farm Acres Eligible for USDA Conservation Program

FRIDAY, MAY 25, 2018

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – The House will vote on its version of the 2018 Farm Bill Friday. The bill would balloon the already bloated federal farm subsidy program to hand subsidy checks to individuals worth millions, even billions of dollars, and distant relations who don’t live or work on the farm.

Here is a statement from EWG’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber:

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Today the Environmental Protection Agency signaled it would move forward with a proposed ban of the highly toxic paint stripping chemical methylene chloride, which was initially proposed under President Obama.

“This is some welcome news out of an EPA that, under Administrator Pruitt’s leadership, is usually bending over backward to appease the chemical industry,” said Melanie Benesh, legislative attorney for EWG. “But we will save the applause for EPA until methylene chloride is actually banned, and can no longer put people at risk of serious injury or even death.”

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule to implement the mandatory GMO disclosure law passed in 2016. Below is a statement from EWG Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber.

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