Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) released the following statement on the passage of the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, H.R. 1633. This bill, part of Congressman Cantor's jobs plan and regulatory relief agenda, prohibits the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from issuing new regulations for farm dust for one year and limits the EPA's ability to regulate farm dust where state and local rules already exist.
"This bipartisan bill provides much-needed regulatory relief to farmers and small business owners by stopping the Obama Administration's EPA from piling on new regulations to manage farm dust, particularly where states and local governments already have such rules in place. Business owners continue to say that regulatory uncertainty is preventing them from growing and creating jobs. I thank Chairman Fred Upton, Congresswoman Kristi Noem, and Congressman Robert Hurt for their hard work to reduce regulatory burdens on employers and farmers in rural areas. Although the President and Senate Democrats have ignored many of our common sense efforts to remove burdensome regulations, I hope at the end of this year, they will join us on these bipartisan measures to improve economic certainty and grow jobs in this country.
"Congressman Hurt has worked hard on this common sense legislation that will benefit Virginia farmers and businesses. Rural areas across our state face significant economic challenges. We need to ensure that farmers and small businesses have more opportunity to increase production, rather than being forced to comply with costly new rules. Congressman Hurt's legislation has the support of the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, and 185 other agriculture and business groups, and I thank him for his hard work to boost economic growth in Virginia."