Full Committee – Public Hearing: To consider the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions on the rural economy
Wednesday, Feb 11, 2016 – 10:00 a.m.
1300 Longworth House Office Building
Full Committee – Public Hearing
RE: To consider the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency’s actions on the rural economy
Upon announcing the hearing, Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement:
"America’s farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists, and they have a vested interest in protecting our natural resources. Yet, when it comes to the regulatory agenda of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we are repeatedly confronted by an agency seemingly oblivious to the voluntary conservation efforts of America’s farmers and ranchers, and perhaps most alarmingly, apparently addicted to writing regulations that ignore Congressional intent, ignore the input of stakeholders – including other Federal agencies – and put our ability to produce food and fiber at risk in the U. S.
Next week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be called on to explain her agency’s decisions and discuss with members of Congress how we might work together to ensure that future actions by the EPA do not harm American agriculture."
The Honorable Gina McCarthy, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Chairman Conaway's opening statement
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