Ag Committee Approves Bipartisan Legislation to Reauthorize and Improve the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
The House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 4413, the Customer Protection and End-User Relief Act, by voice vote.
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.