Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced by Senator Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Stabenow (D-MI) that ties repeal of country of origin labeling (COOL) to both the elimination of existing market driven programs and the establishment of a so-called voluntary country of origin (COOL) labeling program for beef, pork, and chicken. This new voluntary program would operate under similar rules as the program found to violate U.S. international trade rules.
The Ag Minute: EPA's Proposed Regs Add Up to a Backdoor National Energy Tax
Tamara Hinton (202) 225-0184
WASHINGTON – This week during The Ag Minute, guest host Rep. Phil Roe, discusses proposed regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and how they will negatively impact everyone who lives, works, and farms in rural America. Rep. Roe is a member of the Rural America Solutions Group and recently participated in a forum hosted by the group to examine the unprecedented, overreaching, and burdensome regulations EPA is trying to impose on farmers, ranchers, and small businesses.
Click here to listen to The Ag Minute. The transcript is below.
"Since the Senate will not pass the flawed cap and trade legislation, the administration is taking matters into its own hands, using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as its lead enforcement agency. New regulations planned by the EPA could have detrimental effects on our economy – particularly causing a loss of jobs, impeding economic recovery, and harming livelihoods.
"Recently, I joined other members of the Rural America Solutions Group for a forum to discuss harmful regulations that may be imposed by the Obama administration’s EPA and have already been championed by the Democratic leadership in Congress. Included in this forum were seven panelists from across the country who offered perspective and real-life examples on how these regulations could hurt job creation and economic growth. Overwhelmingly, the panelists agreed that EPA's policies are overreaching, burdensome regulations.
"The centerpiece of the EPA’s planned regulations is a backdoor national energy tax that will ultimately kill jobs, stop economic growth and raise the cost of energy, food and transportation.
"I am all for clean air, and I believe government should ensure that companies are playing by the rules. But what we don’t need is any more ridiculous red tape in the First District and around the country that has not been authorized by Congress and will only harm job growth in our country. We need a federal government that will focus on creating jobs, preventing tax hikes, and getting our economy back on track."
The Ag Minute is Ranking Member Lucas's weekly radio address that is released each Tuesday from the House Agriculture Committee Republicans.