Last week, I finished the April recess with a three day tour of farms throughout my district. Local farmers and agriculture producers came to talk to me about the 2002 Farm Bill, which is set to expire in 2007. I was joined for part of the tour by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteTop Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling MORE (R-VA), and we discussed what worked with the Farm Bill and what needed to be changed.

I was very encouraged by the turnout at these events and I learned a great deal of valuable first hand information. I look forward to working with the Chairman and the rest of the House Agriculture Committee in the coming months on the reauthorization of this important legislation.

This week, I returned to Washington D.C. to debate and vote on H.R. 5020, the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2007. Since I came to Congress, the House Armed Services Committee, of which I am a member, has reviewed all of the intelligence on credible threats to the safety of the United States. I am committed to ensuring that we have the intellectual capital in our military and foreign service to address these threats. I voted in favor of this critically important bill for the safety and security of our nation. It passed the House by a vote of 327 – 96.

The House also passed H.R. 282, the Iran Freedom Support Act, with my support, by a vote of 397-21. I am proud to stand with the majority of colleagues and oppose Iran in its quest to develop nuclear weapons.