By: Christine Kneidinger
Martha Roby, R-Montgomery, reassured 150 members of the Alabama Farmers Federation in Washington today that she will fight to help reduce government regulations that stand in the farming industry's way of contributing to a sound economy, according to a federation press release.
About 150 Alabama farmers are participating in the Federation's Annual Washington Legislative Conference in the nation's capitol this week.
Roby, a freshman congresswoman who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, is co-sponsor of the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act recently passed by the House of Representatives, which she said was aimed at maintaining safety for consumers and the environment while preventing burdensome regulations for farmers and business owners.
According to the press release:
"We in Congress are very frustrated with this agency (Environmental Protection Agency) and others that are overreaching their authority," Roby said. "Every committee is intent on hearing from these agencies and reviewing how they are overburdening our farmers and small businesses. Those agencies are preventing job creation in the United States of America. We know that you (farmers) help create jobs. The government doesn't create jobs, and we won't allow this kind of activity to go unchecked."
Roby's remarks at the event were received with abundant applause from the Alabama group, many who have grown irritated with current government regulations.
"We'll be out of business if the government keeps hitting us with so many regulations," said Dale County farmer Monica Carroll. "It's very important that members of Congress remember that small businesses and agriculture are what drive the country. Last year, agriculture was the only trade surplus that America had. We need to make sure that these regulations don't put us under."