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    Reducing Food Waste

    Food security scholars, produce growers and non-profit leaders testified at a hearing on efforts to reduce food waste by suppliers and consumers. Also, Representative Chellie Pingree (D-ME) gave testimony outlining her proposed legislation, the Food Recovery Act.

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    Environmental Regulations and the Rural Economy

    Administrator Gina McCarthy testified on the impact of her Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations on the rural economy, including possible effects on farmers and ranchers. She addressed regulations pertaining to the Clean Water Act as well as the Clean Power Plan that regulates gas emissions from existing power plants. Several members also addressed specific concerns in their districts involving the EPA such as the Flint, Michigan water contamination crisis.

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    Dietary Guidelines

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell testified at a hearing on the development of nutrition guidelines. Issues included he process for developing the guidelines, the relevance of the guidelines, and how often they change.

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    Department of Agriculture Oversight

    Secretary Tom Vilsack testified at an oversight hearing on Department of Agriculture programs. Much of the hearing was focused on a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) clean water rule that gives federal agencies the authority to protect some streams, wetlands, and tributaries under the Clean Water Act. Secretary Vilsack said his agency was working to assess its impact. Several committee members focused on projects in their districts.

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    Congressional Black Caucus on the Confederate Battle Flag

    Members of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke on the House floor about the Confederate battle flag. Representatives Robin Kelly (D-IL), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and Al Green (D-TX) were among the speakers.