Newhouse Receives Horst G. Denk Legislative Service Award

June 16, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) was honored with the Horst G. Denk Legislative Service Award by the Independent Bakers Association (IBA) during its annual membership meeting for supporting key issues related to the baking and food industry.

“I am honored to receive the Horst G. Denk Legislative Service Award,” said Rep. Newhouse. “Since a mandatory GMO labeling ballot initiative was first proposed and defeated in Washington in 2011, I have been very concerned with the additional cost it would impose on businesses and consumers alike. An unworkable patchwork of state and local laws will make it impossible for bakers and grocers to logistically comply with every requirement. I have also been proud to support the inclusion of access to fortified breads and grains in the Dietary Guidelines and corn masa flour, which is so important to ensuring families – particularly children and expectant mothers – are getting the nutrients they need. I have always been and will continue to be an advocate for protecting our nation’s bakers from the onslaught of unnecessary, costly, and burdensome regulation. I look forward to continuing to be an advocate to protect businesses, employees, and customers.”

“With the presentation of our Horst G. Denk Legislative Service Award, IBA is recognizing the Congressman for his continued support of pro-manufacturing legislation,” said IBA President Nicholas A. Pyle. “When he was the Director of Agriculture in Washington, we were impressed by him when he was an outspoken opponent of mandatory GMO-labeling. Now on Capitol Hill, we recognize his further support of a voluntary system as demonstrated in his vote last summer for legislation sponsored by Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas. We thank him for these efforts and hope to continue to foster a great relationship with him on these and other food industry issues.”

The award is given annually to two members of Congress based on support for key issues in the baking and food industry. It is named after Horst G. Denk, who served as IBA chairman during the early 1980s and helped the IBA expand its legislative involvement to help get the voice of the baker heard on issues at state and federal levels.