Congressional hearings are the principal formal method by which committees collect and analyze information in the early stages of legislative policy-making. Committees in both the U.S. House and Senate hold legislative hearings on measures or policy issues that may become public law. Hearings provide a forum where facts and opinions can be presented from witnesses with varied backgrounds, including Members of Congress and other government officials, interest groups, and academics, as well as citizens likely to be directly or indirectly affected by the proposal.
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The Agriculture Committee hearing will evaluate the need for and cost effectiveness of risk management tools available to farmers. It will also ask how the federal government can provide appropriate risk management tools while making the best use of limited resources
The hearing will be held in Washington, DC and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern). Ryan, along with Bob Stallman, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation, and Roger Johnson, President of the National Farmers Union will be in the 4th panel of testimony in what will be an important part of the process of developing the upcoming Farm Bill legislation.
The hearing will begin at 9 a.m. (Eastern). Ryan’s is expected to testify sometime around 2 p.m.
The hearing will be available via live streaming video at www.ag.senate.gov.