Cut Flower Caucus co-chairs highlight House action to ensure American cut flowers are used in government decor
The bipartisan bill, which was added as an amendment to the House’s annual defense policy bill earlier this week, Requires that any cut flowers or green cut flowers officially displayed in public areas of the Executive Office of the President, the Department of Defense, or the Department of State of the United States, the District of Columbia, or any territory be planted.
Co-Chairs of the 118 member Cut Flower Groupy Congress is Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Jimmy Panetta (D-CA), Chili Pingree (D-ME), and John Duarte (R-CA) . .
“California and the Central Coast are home to nearly three-quarters of all flowers grown in the United States, and I have seen first-hand the value this vital industry brings to the local communities and economies I represent.” Congressman Salud Carbajal said. “Although there is still work to do to return this defense policy bill to a place that can secure the broad bipartisan support it enjoyed last year, I am encouraged to see our legislation included to honor Congressman Young’s legacy and importance.” To support American farmers in the halls of our nation’s top leaders and diplomats.
“The cut flower industry is important to Washington state’s economy, and I am proud to introduce the Don Young American Grown Act in its honor to support America’s farmers, families, employees, and the communities that depend on them.” Rep. Newhouse said.
“Every day, we should be proud to be Americans, and I am thrilled that our homegrown products are proudly displayed in federal agency buildings. I have said before that food security is national security, and it is imperative that we expand that to include supporting America’s farmers and the rural economy. Congressman LaMalfa said.
“Proud Americans expect their federal government and public spaces to celebrate the tremendous beauty and generosity of our country.” Rep. Panetta said. “I was proud to support and help pass the Don Young American Grown Act, which has bipartisan support to ensure that the White House, Department of Defense, or State Department only displays cut flowers or green plants that are grown in America,” Representative Young advocated. This is a commonsense measure, and its passage not only honors his legacy, but will continue to strengthen our agriculture on the Central Coast and throughout our country.
“Over the past few years, especially during the pandemic, Mainers have embraced the ‘Buy Local’ movement – which includes locally sourced flowers. The cut flower industry creates jobs, supports local economies, and allows us to embrace the beauty of nature.” said Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). “As Co-Chair of the House Cut Flower Caucus, I am thrilled to include the Don Young Americans Grown Act in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act. This simple, bipartisan bill ensures that federal agencies purchase domestic, American-grown flowers, and honors our caucus’ late co-chair , Congressman Young.
Representative Don Young of Alaska, who died in 2022, was the bill’s primary sponsor in all of the 116y And 117y Conferences.
The text of the bill can be found here.
Founded in 2014, the Congressional Cut Flower Caucus was created to help address, support and represent the interests and economic opportunities facing America’s flower growers.
The Congressional Cut Flower Caucus is a bipartisan coalition created to set the agenda and educate Congress about the cultural and economic value of cut flower farms and green farms.