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.
H.R. 872, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011
H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, is designed to eliminate costly and duplicative permitting requirements for pesticide applications. Although the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a comprehensive regulatory program in place under the authority of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), a misguided court order will be implemented on October 31 imposing a substantial burden on Government budgets and costly requirements on small businesses.
As confirmed in testimony before a joint hearing of Subcommittee’s of the Agriculture, and Transportation and Infrastructure Committees, the duplicative permitting process ordered by the court would provide few, if any, environmental benefits. The requirements also raise significant concerns about the potentially detrimental effect this new bureaucracy would have on the public health community’s efforts to control mosquito born diseases. The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act passed the House with bipartisan support on March 31.
- Press Release: Lucas & Peterson Praise House Passage of H.R. 872
- Press Release: The Ag Minute: H.R. 872 Needs Swift Passage in Congress
- Press Release: The Ag Minute: Pesticides Bill Needs Swift Senate Action
- Business Meeting: Business Meeting to Consider H.R. 872, The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011