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Introduction Of The Farm Regulatory Certainty Act July 8, 2016
Dan Newhouse, R-WA
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to introduce my legislation, the Farm Regulatory Certainty Act. In 2015, a federal judge ruled in a citizen suit that dissolved manure nitrates constitute a “solid waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), and held four Washington State dairies culpable of “open dumping” due to their nutrient management practices. A farmer myself, I firmly believe farmers have and must continue to lead the charge on good stewardship and conservation. While I agree there are a number of statutes that do govern nutrient management practices, Congress never intended for RCRA to be one of those statutes. Moreover, the EPA‘s regulations confirm that agricultural wastes, such as manures and crop residues, were not intended to be governed under RCRA. This misguided ruling has placed farmers across the country in a legal gray area. It is unfair for agricultural nutrients to be exempt from law, then have a court find farmers at fault for non-compliance with the very law they are exempt from. Farmers need certainty as to what rules apply to them."
Zika Virus And Va-Milcon Funding Bill June 28, 2016
Harry Reid, D-NV
"How about the environment? Remember that what we are trying to—in addition to all of the things we have talked about—is that we want to make sure there is a way of getting rid of these pests—these mosquitoes. How do they do that? The only way we have found that is really effective is with spraying to kill these little varmints, these insects. Well, what do the Republicans do? They exempt pesticide spraying from the Clean Water Act. Why? Just because they don’t like the EPA. They don’t like the Clean Water Act. It has been around for 60 years, and they still don’t like it."
Transportation, Housing And Urban Development, And Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016—Conference Report—Continued June 28, 2016
Robert Menendez, D-NJ
"The EPA has identified the possibility that unexploded ordnances could contain toxins like mercury, lead, copper, magnesium, lithium, percolate, TNT, napalm, and depleted uranium, among others. A significant part of the Superfund cleanup process is identifying the responsible parties and working with them to come up with remediation plans; however, we know who the culprit is largely here. It is us. It is the U.S. Government, and we have a responsibility to the Americans living on Vieques to clean up the mess we created. Even while they were supporting the Nation and accepting what was going on and showing their patriotism, we left them with a Superfund site. This bill won’t do anything to take care of that responsibility and that cost, so it continues to tell the people of Puerto Rico: You are good enough to wear the uniform of the United States, you are good enough to serve the country, you are good enough to bleed for it, good enough to die for it, but you are not good enough to determine your own future."
Inspector General Empowerment Act Of 2016 June 21, 2016
Mark Meadows, R-NC
"At the EPA, several offices, including the EPA‘s Office of Homeland Security, intentionally interfered with the IG’s investigations. At the Chemical Safety Board—which the EPA OIG also oversees—the IG was denied access to certain documents based on a phony attorney-client privilege claim. And the Peace Corps refused to provide its inspector general access to information related to sexual assaults on the Peace Corps volunteers absent a memorandum of understanding."
Honoring Baker County Commissioner Tim Kerns For His Years Of Dedicated Service To Oregon June 21, 2016
Greg Walden, R-OR
"With federal lands making up more than 51% of Baker County, plenty of hurdles exist in the path to economic growth. Despite these hurdles, I know I can count on Tim’s work ethic and knowledge of Baker County to help work through these issues and make sure that the needs of the local communities will not be ignored by the federal government. Whether it was stopping the EPA from regulating a local cement plant out of existence and killing hundreds of jobs, or some of the ongoing problems such as the red tape cutting off Baker County miners from being a part of a rich local mining history, or attempts to limit local access to national forests, I knew I could count on Tim to provide valuable input as we craft solutions."

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