Open Letter to Grant Pingree Waiver

January 7, 2013

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi
235 Cannon House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congresswoman Pelosi,

We the undersigned organizations and businesses strongly encourage you to grant Congresswoman Chellie Pingree a waiver to serve on both the Committee on Appropriations and the Committee on Agriculture.

Congresswoman Pingree has a uniquely extensive understanding of food and farm policy.  Not only does her farming background lend credit to her commitment to American agriculture, but it also bolsters her grasp of complex agricultural policy.  Over the past 2 years Congresswoman Pingree has demonstrated true leadership by advocating for small and beginning farmers, rural communities, and local food systems as economic development engines.  These are critical issues that need her continuing leadership and participation.

As the 113th Congress continues the process of reauthorizing the Farm Bill, it is critical to have continuity from one Congressional session to the next, which Congresswoman Pingree provides as a recent member of the Agriculture Committee during the 2012 Farm Bill debate.  The Local Farm, Food, and Jobs Act she sponsored in the House (with Senator Sherrod Brown as the lead on the identical Senate bill) was a bill we supported and ultimately formed the basis of much of what was good about the Senate-passed and House Committee-passed farm bills in 2012.

American farmers, rural communities, and consumers would greatly benefit from having Congresswoman Pingree continue to serve on the Agriculture Committee in the 113th session of Congress.

Sincerely,

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association