Senate Hearings

The Build Act (S. 2463)

Monday, May 14th, 2018

There’s a lot going on in D.C. right now! The Farm Bill is up for renewal so debate over the SNAP program is raging, the opioid crisis has led to new legislation that’s moving quickly, and midterm elections are looming. While that’s all exciting, I chose to focus my first blog post on a lower-profile […]

Thinking Global: Impact through commitment

Monday, March 26th, 2018

In Lesson #5 of my previous post, I promised to share my thoughts about the hearing; “China in Africa: A New Colonialism?“. It discussed China’s engagements across the African continent and challenged China’s intent and the effects of their engagements. Now, at this point you’re either intrigued or scrolling to the next blog post. If […]

A Farewell to the District

Friday, November 10th, 2017

It’s truly amazing how quickly six weeks goes by in a city like DC. As I write this, trying to think of how to structure a summary of so many diverse experiences, all of the names and faces I’ve come across keep flashing through my mind. I met congressmen from around the country, both of […]

The Hill Has Ayes

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

My first experience with Robert’s Rules of Order was when I was a citizen at the American Legion Auxiliary’s Louisiana Girls State program. That was a great introduction but no where near the level our Congress People work through markups on the hill. A markup is the process by which a U.S. congressional committee debates, […]

Midwest Nice AKA USA Nice

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Growing up in the Midwest, I was often warned about “the Coasts.” I was told by many a Midwesterner that people in these two mysterious lands were not as nice as those living back at home, that they were often rude and harsh. In fact, I remember when my brother and I traveled to Philadelphia, […]

Ebola and veterinarians

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Yesterday I attended a senate hearing on Ebola and the recent outbreak in Liberia which, in an apparently rare move, was jointly held by an appropriations subcommittee and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. It was my first hearing, and was much more formal than the briefings I’ve been to (and, incidentally, did […]

We have the right stuff…just help us to unleash it.

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Innovation is a bipartisan effort allowing us as a nation to come up with new ideas, new products, and new discoveries.  The main question we need to ask ourselves is not a financial one, but rather is “Are we running an innovation deficit?” and “Could we be capping our innovation growth as a nation?  Kevin […]

The Beginning: What a Week!

Friday, July 13th, 2012

I can’t believe it’s already the end of my first week at the GRD! I’ve been so busy getting to know the office and scheduling meetings that the time really has flown by.   On Wednesday I attended the House’s Farm Bill mark-up. This event was so popular that the overflow room overflowed, which I […]

Race to the finish

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Here we are with only a week and a half to go. Today had us traveling all over town. In the morning, Ian and I attended a Senate joint committee hearing regarding the effectiveness of agriculture disaster assistance programs. This meeting was in response to the floods in the Midwest and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. […]

Friday again?!

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Hello everyone, this is marking my triumphant return to the blog after a busy week. I will start with my adventures from Wednesday at the Future Trends in Animal Agriculture Symposium. This was a free event at the USDA building with speakers from across the spectrum from the American Meat Institute to the Humane Society […]