When I became Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee in January of this year, I had one primary goal: to ensure that America’s farmers and ranchers have the policies in place that they need to feed, fuel, and clothe the nation while ensuring stability and consistency for farmers, ranchers, consumers, markets, and rural communities. After all, agriculture is the foundation of our livelihood and the lifeblood of rural America. And, while our work will never be done, we are off to a great start.
The Ag Minute: EPA Is Supposed to Do What Congress Wants, Not What the EPA Wants
Tamara Hinton (202) 225-0184
WASHINGTON – This week during The Ag Minute, guest host Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a member of the House Agriculture Committee, highlights how the Obama administration is attempting to push Congress to pass its cap and tax bill. Rep. Goodlatte is the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy, and Research.
Click here to listen to The Ag Minute. The transcript is below.
"The Obama administration proves over and over again that is simply not in line with how most Americans think.
"The latest example: the EPA announced that the agency was compelled to address greenhouse gas pollution under the Clean Air Act. Really, this is just a thinly veiled attempt to push Congress to pass the administration's catastrophic cap and tax bill. And, it's no coincidence this political announcement comes at the commencement of the climate change meetings in Copenhagen.
"Regulating the carbon dioxide that we exhale like it is sulphuric acid is not the way to address climate change issues.
"EPA is supposed to do what Congress wants, not what the EPA wants. And, Congress should not act out of fear that the EPA will take some sort of excessive regulatory action.
"This is another signal that the administration is attempting to control every aspect of our lives from the moment we're born to the moment we die. From jobs to health care to the type of energy we buy, we are moving away from a government that is by the people, for the people. And, we're moving toward a government that is overzealous to regulate."
The Ag Minute is Ranking Member Lucas' weekly radio address that is released each Tuesday from the House Agriculture Committee Republicans.