Cindy Hyde-Smith

United States Senator for Mississippi

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Senator Hyde-Smith knows dependence on foreign oil poses economic and national security risks for the United States.  The Senator supports responsible exploration and production of Mississippi’s and the nation’s energy resources, including the development of new technologies to support the production of biofuels and other energy sources.

As a fourth-generation farmer, Senator Hyde-Smith understands the importance of conservation and good stewardship of our natural resources.  She supports balanced and responsible resource management policies to ensure Mississippi’s forests, wetlands, and coastal region remain assets for future generations to enjoy.

In The News

The Progressive Farmer

Senators Want Ethanol Cuts in RFS Reset

By Todd Neeley

With the ethanol industry in the United States already on the ropes with negative margins and lost demand from small refinery waivers to the Renewable Fuel Standard, a group of senators led by James Inhofe, R-Okla., is asking EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to reset RFS volumes below the so-called blend wall.

The blend wall is reached when total ethanol production exceeds the E10 market for gasoline.

Monroe Journal
Rainfall events pose setback to waterway dredge completion date
By Ray Van Dusen
ABERDEEN – Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith saw remnants of the late February flooding event on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway first-hand during an April 23 briefing at the Aberdeen Lock and Dam. One of the many takeaways was the estimated reopening of the waterway to barge traffic has been pushed back due to above average rainfalls.
Monroe Journal
County officials confident of federal disaster declaration
By Ray Van Dusen
ABERDEEN – After reading off a long list of expenses related to mid-April’s severe weather outbreak, county road manager Sonny Clay told the board of supervisors April 26 he is confident there will be federal aid.
S&P Global Platts
Jones Act defenders say Trump shoots down attempt to weaken shipping law
by Meghan Gordon, Maya Weber and Richard Rubin 
Washington — At the urging of US lawmakers from oil- and natural gas-producing states, the Trump administration has reportedly halted consideration of a 10-year waiver of the Jones Act shipping rule that prevents LNG tankers from carrying domestic supplies between US cities.
Bloomberg News
Republicans Coax Trump to Scrap U.S. Ship Waiver Plan for Gas
•    Lawmakers from shipbuilding Gulf Coast states meet with Trump
•    White House weighing waivers to facilitate natural gas flows
By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Ari Natter
Ag Daily
Senators propose change to service hours for livestock haulers
By AGDAILY Reporters
Today, Sens. Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced a bipartisan bill to provide livestock haulers with regulatory relief from the restrictive Hours-of-Service rules. The bill, the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act, offers a prescriptive and permanent solution to the bull hauler’s hassle. In addition, 16 other Senators joined in to support the legislation.
Tri-State Livestock News
NCBA Welcomes Legislation Aimed to Help Livestock Haulers
Columbus Commercial Dispatch
Fairview Elementary receives 5K grant for technology
By Mary Pollitz
Fairview Elementary students will begin next year building their understanding of computer technology from the inside-out. Literally. 
WCBI-TV Columbus
Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith visits Tenn-Tom Waterway
By Sydney Franklin
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WCBI) – It could be December before shipping on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway returns to normal.
The update came Tuesday during a briefing at the Aberdeen Lock and Dam.
U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith got the update from the Corps of Engineers.
An emergency channel should be complete by the second week in May.
WDAM-TV Hattiesburg
USDA issues $148.8 million loan for rural electric system upgrades in MS
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WDAM) - U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith announced Tuesday that the USDA’s Rural Development has awarded a $148.8 million loan to a Hattiesburg-based rural electric partnership to finance system upgrades in 55 counties.
The Electric Loan Program financing for Hattiesburg’s Cooperative Energy is among the loans issued to improve rural electricity services in 13 states.


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