Representative Kristi Noem’s bipartisan legislation to prohibit the EPA from further regulating dust in rural areas (H.R. 1633) is gaining momentum in the House and Senate. First of all, the House Energy & Commerce Committee scheduled a hearing on the bill for this Friday, October 14, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Rep. Noem will attend the hearing and provide a statement. This follows Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s recent announcement that the bill will be debated on the floor and come up for a vote later this year.
Secondly, the Senate companion to Rep. Noem’s dust bill (S. 1528), introduced by Sen. Mike Johanns (R-NE) has also created quite the “dust up” (sorry for the pun) in the Senate. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid fundamentally changed the Senate rules so that his Democratic Senators wouldn’t have to take a vote on the dust bill in the form as an amendment. Rather than take a position on this issue, Leader Reid chose to fundamentally diminish the rights of the minority to offer amendments, such as the dust bill, in the U.S. Senate. (Read more from Politico here and here.)
Rep. Noem is pleased with the momentum behind her common sense legislation. This bill provides farmers, ranchers and small business owners with more need regulatory certainty at time when they need it most. Her bill is receiving bipartisan support in the U.S. House and is successfully moving through the legislative process. There’s no reason why the U.S. Senate shouldn’t schedule a hearing and a floor vote on this important issue as well.
Source: Office of Kristi Noem