Rep. Mike Johnson is elected as the new Speaker of the House; ag groups react

A new Speaker of the House has been named, Mike Johnson.

Ag groups are responding, as important legislation for rural America can get back on track.

Congressman Mike Johnson is now the 56th Speaker of the House. He is a Republican from Louisiana, and he has been in Washington since 2017. He takes the gavel three weeks after the seat was vacated by Kevin McCarthy. With a Speaker in place, this means work can resume on the House floor, including debate over this year’s Farm Bill.

The North American Meat Institute released a statement saying, “Our members are a critical part of the food value chain and call on Speaker Johnson to ensure the federal government remains funded and able to address key challenges especially persistent labor shortages and inflation.”

American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall released a statement as well, saying, “America’s families are relying on Speaker Johnson and Congress to focus on pressing needs, including competition of fiscal year 2024 appropriations and passage of a Farm Bill.”