House Ag Committee Approves Reducing Regulatory Burdens Bill

The House Agriculture Committee met Thursday to consider the budget views and estimates letter for the 2015 fiscal year, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act and a resolution commemorating the act that established the nationwide Cooperative Extension System. With the enactment of a farm bill that contributes to deficit reduction and reforms every facet of farm, nutrition and conservation policy – House Ag Chair Frank Lucas says the committee will now focus on its oversight role to ensure USDA administers food and nutrition programs in a fiscally responsible way and implements the reforms of the farm bill as Congress intended. In addition – he says the committee will reauthorize the Commodity Futures Trading Commission while continuing oversight of CFTC regulations to ensure they aren’t harming economic growth and job creation. On Thursday – the committee adopted the budget views and estimates letter by voice vote and approved the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act by voice vote. Lucas says that bill – H.R. 935 – is necessary to address the negative economic consequences of a misguided court ruling. Ranking Member Collin Peterson says it will relieve producers from the burden of a paperwork exercise with no environmental benefit. The committee formally recognized the success and contributions of the Cooperative Extension System to agricultural research and education as well with the approval of a resolution to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act.