Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Ellmers Calls on Reid to Send Ag Bill to Senate Floor

Ellmers Calls on Reid to Send Ag Bill to Senate Floor
H.R. 872, Co-Sponsored by Ellmers, Eliminates a Costly and Duplicative
Permitting Requirement for the Application of Pesticides

WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Renee Ellmers released the following statement this afternoon following H.R. 872's advancement from the Senate Agriculture Committee:

"Today H.R. 872 Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011 advanced through the Senate Agriculture Committee. This bill, which I am proud to co-sponsor, will relieve unnecessary burdens being placed on our farmers by a misguided court order aimed at duplicating a pesticide requirement. Without action by the Senate, our farmers, state agencies, and everyday citizens will face greater hardship and economic loss when the requirement is implemented on October 31. I call on Senator Reid to allow this vital, bi-partisan legislation to be presented for a vote on the Senate floor as soon as possible."

Congresswoman Ellmers sits on the House Agriculture Committee and was a co-sponsor of H.R. 872, which passed the House on March 31st. The legislation eliminates a costly and duplicative permitting requirement for the application of pesticides. This misguided court order will be implemented on October 31. Without a legislative fix, the requirement would impose an economic burden to agricultural producers, foresters, public health agencies, the federal government, state agencies, and every day citizens

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