The Opportunities for Fairness in Farming (OFF) Act, H.R. 4291/S. 2861, led by Reps. Dina Titus, D-Nev., and Nancy Mace, R-S.C. in the House and Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rand Paul, R-Ky., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. designed to address the corruption and mismanagement of funds at the USDA’s Commodity Checkoff Programs is making progress this year.
Both Mace and Gillibrand, are new first-time cosponsors of the legislation and significant leaders in their respective caucuses. The House bill has also been cosponsored by Reps. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., Tony Cardenas, D-Ca., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, but we are need of more action from the farming, ranching, and sustainable agriculture sectors to Capitol Hill.
We encourage OCM Members to call their Members of Congress at 202-224-3121 and ask them to cosponsor the bill, as well as writing into their offices to ask the same. With the inaction of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees our goal for the 117th Congress is to garner a hearing in the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (OGR), on which Rep. Mace sits. As a freshman, Mace has already gained tremendous influence as the Ranking Member of one of the Subcommittees of OGR.
The full committee is led by Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, R-N.Y., and Ranking Member James Comer, R-Ky., the former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner who is also very close with Senator Paul. We need an influx of messages from around the country sent in to help secure a hearing and ask everyone to write in here: Report Waste, Fraud, or Abuse | House Committee on Oversight and Reform.