Sep 09 2011
Senator Johanns Introduces Companion Bill In The U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Robert Hurt (R-VA) released the below statements today after Senator Mike Johanns (R-NE) introduced a companion bill in the U.S. Senate to H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, co-authored by Reps. Noem and Hurt. This follows the announcement by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) that H.R. 1633 will be considered on the House floor as a part of the House’s overall agenda on jobs and regulatory relief. H.R. 1633 is a bipartisan bill that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from burdening farmers, ranchers, and small business owners in rural America with additional dust regulations to help create a better environment for job creation and economic growth. H.R. 1633 has been endorsed by the American Farm Bureau, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Public Lands Council, the Western Business Roundtable, National Federation of Independent Business, South Dakota Farm Bureau and South Dakota Cattlemen's Association.
“I’m glad to see that support continues to grow for H.R. 1633 in both the House and the Senate. With unemployment remaining unacceptably high in the 5th District and across the country, it is critical that we continue to adopt commonsense, pro-growth policies that seek to remove the federal government as a roadblock to job creation. By reducing unnecessary federal dust regulations on our farmers and small businesses, H.R. 1633 will help restore certainty to the marketplace so that our true job creators will have the confidence and freedom necessary to innovate, expand, and hire,” said Hurt.
“These developments are a clear indication that we’re gaining momentum for the commonsense idea that rural America, including South Dakota, doesn’t need any more dust regulation at this point. This is a big win for farmers and ranchers who already have enough uncertainty associated with their business. If we want to create the environment for job growth then we need to get burdensome regulations out of the picture,” said Noem.