July 6, 2022
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Senator Johanns introduces Companion Bill to Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act in the Senate

Senator Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) on Thursday introduced three pieces of legislation that would ease the regulatory burdens that have been inhibiting American business’ ability to create jobs. One bill would freeze federal agencies’ ability to impose most new rules and regulations, while a second would close loopholes that have led to federal agencies expanding their powers by circumventing Congressional oversight. A third bill would explicitly prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from regulating farm dust.

The legislation proposed by Johanns is companion legislatioin to H.R. 1633 –  a bipartisan bill, co-authored by Representatives Krisit Noem of South Dakota and Robert Hurt of Virginia, that would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from burdening farmers, ranchers, and small business owners in rural America with additional dust regulations.

This follows the announcement by Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia 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.

The proposal 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.

Source: office of Representative Noem

 

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