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Congressional Cut Flower Caucus

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The Congressional Cut Flower Caucus was founded on February 27, 2014 by Congresswomen Lois Capps (D-CA) and Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) to help address, support and represent the economic interests and opportunities facing America’s flower farmers.

A bi-partisan leadership team of four co-chairs has since been established to help set the agenda and help educate their congressional colleagues about the cultural and economic value our America’s flower and greens farms bring to our country and our economy.

Fourteen members of congress became members of this important caucus in 2014.

Caucus Co-chairs

Rep. Lois Capps

Rep. Duncan Hunter

Rep. Chellie Pingree

Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beutler


2016 Caucus Members

Julia Brownley (D-CA) Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
Suzan Del Benes (D-WA) Scott Peters (D-CA)
Jeff Denham (R-CA) Joe Pitts (R-PA)
Sam Farr (D-CA) Raul Ruiz (D-CA)
Jared Huffman (D-CA) Kurt Schrader (D-OR)
Darrell Issa (R-CA) Juan Vargas (D-CA)
James McGovern (D-MA) Don Young (R-AK)
Elizabeth Etsy (D-CT) Cheri Bustos (D-IL)
David Price (D-NC) Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
Ken Calvert (R-CA) Michael McCaul (R-TX)
Dave Loebsack (D-IA) Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
David Scott (D-GA) Barbara Comstock (R-VA)
Jared Polis (D-CO) Rob Wittman (R-VA)
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)  


Leadership Quotes

“Cut flowers are an important part of our local economy and offer consumers the opportunity to support American agriculture.  In fact, my home state of California accounts for three-quarters of all cut flowers grown here in the United States.  I am proud to co-chair the bipartisan Cut Flower Caucus with my colleague, Representative Capps, to help bring attention to the issues facing American growers.”

                           - Rep. Duncan Hunter, Congressional Cut Flower Caucus Co-Chair
 

“Floriculture is our nation’s third largest agricultural product, supporting tens of thousands of jobs and billions in economic activity. This caucus will be a platform to highlight these contributions and for increasing awareness for the issues facing the industry.”

  - Rep. Lois Capps, Congressional Cut Flower Caucus Co-Chair 
 

“Cut flowers are an important part of the local farm economy in Maine.  For some farmers, flowers are the principal source of income and for others, they provide a revenue stream that helps make a diversified farm profitable. With more people wanting to know where their food comes from, they want to know where their flowers come from, too. The Cut Flower Caucus will support American grown flowers and flower farmers."

                          - Rep. Chellie Pingree, Congressional Cut Flower Caucus Co-Chair
 

“Washington state is one of the top two producing states for flowers. By bringing attention to the cut flower industry here, we not only support flower farmers and farms of Southwest Washington, but we strengthen our local businesses and economy. It’s an honor to co-chair the Cut Flower Caucus and increase awareness about the importance of the American flower industry and supporting our nation’s flower farmers.”

                          - Rep. Jaime Herrera-Beautler, Congressional Cut Flower Caucus Co-Chair


In the News

Grist — “There‚Äôs a local flower movement blooming”

New York Times — “My, What Lovely Flowers. Who Lobbied for Them?”

KCBX — “Congress pushes for California flowers in the White House”


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