This week in Washington, the House passed the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act (H.R. 1633) to ease the federal regulatory burden on farmers, ranchers and rural businesses in order to restore confidence and create jobs. I was proud to vote for this bill and enter the following statement into the congressional record.
“Mr. Speaker, I am proud to support yet another jobs bill put forth by House Republicans to empower small business owners and eliminate burdensome Washington regulations that prevent job creation and hinder economic growth. This bill prevents the EPA from issuing new dust regulations. Additionally, it gives states the flexibility to address any rural dust issues rather than the federal government.
“During this debate we have heard a lot about the need to protect our air quality and the need to ensure clean air for future generations. As the grandson of a farmer, I know the value and importance agriculture producers place on protecting the soil and water they use to grow quality food to feed the country. I would argue there are no greater stewards of the land than farmers, and that additional rules on these hard-working Americans to regulate rural dust are not only unnecessary, they can be detrimental.
“In this time of record unemployment, Washington should be on the side of job creators and family farmers, not on their backs. We should support smart regulations that instill confidence in job creators, not abusive red tape that only leads to closed farms and longer unemployment lines.
“You don’t have to take my word for it though. Just listen to some of my constituents:
“Mr. Cummins of Canton writes, ‘Their proposed regulations on milk spills or dust…would create undue hardships and be economically unfeasible to attain.’
“Mr. Johnson of Mineola writes, ‘I feel like the government is passing a law, regulation, unfunded mandate at the drop of a hat these days. [...] farmers controlling dust, dairy farmers documenting and controlling milk spills, telling me what kind of light bulb to buy … what kind of health care I must have, it is just never ending these days.’
“The Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act is the 35th jobs bill produced by the House Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators to restore the freedom and confidence our private sector needs to grow again.
“After today, with this bill, there will be 27 House-passed bipartisan jobs bills stacked like cordwood on the doorstep of the Democrat-controlled Senate.
“As America weathers through the Obama Economy and the worst jobs climate since the Great Depression, I urge my colleagues to support our nation’s farmers and ranchers and pass this jobs bill.”