Washington, D.C. –Congressman Scott Tipton (R-CO) issued this statement following the bipartisan passage of H.R. 1633, the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act. H.R. 1633 seeks to protect family farmers and ranchers, and other small rural businesses from potential new federal dust regulations. Additionally, it provides greater flexibility for states and local governments to manage dust in rural areas.
“As a member of both the House Agriculture and Small Business Committees, I frequently hear concerns from many family farmers and ranchers who are facing a mountain of new federal regulations. All told, this administration has forced businesses to pay almost $273 million in compliance costs for new regulations. We all understand the important role regulation plays in keeping our country safe; however one-size-fits-all regulation is reckless, and in this case unnecessarily harmful to our rural communities.
“While our nation’s farmers are expected to continue meeting the needs of a growing population, unnecessary regulations that place increased burdens on American agriculture are making production more costly and challenging—hurting jobs and small businesses. I urge the Senate to quickly send this common sense pro-jobs bill to the President.”
Tipton held a Small Business Subcommittee hearing last month to examine the effects of this and other proposed federal actions. Click here for more on that hearing.
Facts on Regulation:
· $1.75 trillion per year: The cost of regulation on our economy according to the Small Business Administration.
· More than 4,200: The number of regulatory actions being developed by federal agencies.
· 200: The number of regulations with an economic impact greater than $100 million expected to be proposed by the Administration this year.
· 7: The number of regulations with an economic impact greater than $1 billion expected to be proposed by the Administration this year.
Gardner and DeGette face off on farm dust, House votes to block non-existent regulation | The Spot
http://blogs.denverpost.com/thespot/2011/12/08/beltway-blog-reps-gardner-and-degette-face-off-on-farm-dust-house-votes-to-block-non-existent-regulation/49518/  The House voted today to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating farm dust — though the agency says it has not been regulating farm dust and said it has no plans to start. The measure pitted two Colorado House members, Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, and Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Yuma, against each other in a heated debate. On the floor today, DeGette compared the vote to the House of Representatives walking “into Alice’s Wonderland.” Gardner, who represents a huge swath of Colorado’s agricultural community, said the bill was needed because, “what the EPA says today doesn’t mean how they will act tomorrow.”