NEWBY PRAISES CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION FOR PASSAGE OF BILL TO REDUCE REGULATOR BURDENS ON FARMERS
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby praised members of Alabama's congressional delegation for their leadership in the passage of a bill that would greatly reduce the regulator burdens on American farmers.
U.S. Reps. Spencer Bachus and Martha Roby, both Republicans, along with Rep. Terri Sewell, a Democrat, all were co-sponsors of H.R. 872, known as the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. Roby and Sewell both are members of the House Agriculture Committee and were instrumental in getting the bill out of committee to bring it before the House for a full vote.
"We are pleased that the House has approved H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011," said Alabama Farmers Federation President Jerry Newby. "We are especially proud that members of Alabama's Congressional delegation took a leadership role in co-sponsoring the resolution. We appreciate their leadership and we commend the broad bipartisan coalition of lawmakers who produced this important victory."
Newby described the legislation as a permanent, sensible solution to the regulatory overkill of requiring farmers, ranchers and others who use pesticides to apply for duplicative permits.
"Pesticide applications are effectively regulated under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide Rodenticide Act, which requires Environmental Protection Agency-approved label restrictions to protect the environment," Newby said. "Opponents attempted to derail this bill with last-minute charges that it would weaken the Clean Water Act and diminish the authority of the EPA but they did not prevail."
Newby said the Alabama Farmers Federation, a member of the American Farm Bureau, is urging the Senate to swiftly approve this bill.