Robert Hurt Votes To Support Farmers And The Agricultural Industry


Date: March 31, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Robert Hurt (R-VA) today released the following statement after voting in favor of H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 and after taking several actions to support farmers and the agricultural industry in the 5th District:

"As the backbone of our economy, the last thing our farmers and small businesses in the 5th District need is to have more costly and unnecessary regulations imposed on them by an ever-expanding federal government.

"If we want to see a true and sustainable economic recovery, it is critical that we shrink the size and scope of the federal government by reducing excessive and burdensome regulations so that our farmers and those in the agricultural industry are empowered to innovate, hire, and expand.

"That is why I have and will continue to take the necessary actions to remove these barriers to job growth to foster an economic environment that better supports those in the agricultural industry across all of Central and Southside Virginia."

Robert's Recent Actions To Support Farmers And The Agricultural Industry

· H.R. 872: Today, Robert voted in favor of H.R. 872 the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011. This bill would eliminate the additional and unnecessary permit requirement for applications of FIFRA-registered pesticides, which are already highly regulated by the EPA.

· Letter To EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson Regarding The Regulation Of Dust Emissions: Robert signed on to a group letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson stating that the EPA should not revise its National Ambient Air Quality Standards for coarse particulate matter (dust). Making the dust standard more stringent would cost farmers and small businesses millions in compliance costs.

· H.R. 153: Robert is a co-sponsor of H.R. 153, which would prohibit any funds at the EPA from being used to implement a Cap and Trade system that would harm our agriculture and manufacturing sectors, destroy over 50,000 jobs in Virginia, and amount to a job-crushing national energy tax when we can least afford it.

· H.R. 1: During the recent budget debate, Robert voted to cut $3 billion out of the EPA's budget and voted to impose a number of prohibitions on the agency's authority to implement job-destroying regulations, such as the EPA's ability to further regulate dust emissions and delaying the EPA's greenhouse gas regulations.

· Agricultural Roundtable In The District: Robert held an agricultural roundtable in Chatham during the last District work week to discuss issues and concerns related to the industry. More information HERE.