Dec 8, 2011 - Washington, D.C. - Representative Denham today voted in support of the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act, H.R. 1633, of which he is a co-sponsor. The bill passed out of the House today and awaits Senate consideration. H.R. 1633 offers important protections for farmers, ranchers, and rural businesses, which is why it has secured strong support from a coalition including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the California Farm Bureau Federation, National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
“The Administration’s excessive regulations have hindered business growth and job creation for too long. I co-sponsored this legislation because it will eliminate regulatory uncertainty and provide relief for Valley small businesses and farmers,” said Rep. Denham.
A more stringent dust standard would impact all of Rural America and would have the greatest impacts in the arid Western U.S., which already has the nation’s highest regional unemployment rate. Currently the unemployment rate in California is 11.7%.
“Farmers, ranchers, and Valley businesses are already subject to costly federal and state requirements to control dust. This legislation would protect rural businesses from additional, excessive red tape in order to increase certainty among our job creators,” continued Rep. Denham.
Additional support for the bill includes: Agricultural Retailers Association, California Cattlemen’s Association, California Pork Producers Association, Dairy Farmers of America, National Association of Manufacturers, National Council of Chain Restaurants, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, National Grain and Feed Association, National Taxpayers Union (NTU), National Livestock Producers Association.
Last week, Rep. Denham, speaking from his own experience as a small business owner and farmer in California, highlighted many of the regulatory burdens harming job growth across our nation and the uncertainty overregulation causes for small businesses. He referred to H.R. 1633 an example in his speech. You can watch the speech here: Overregulation Costs Us Jobs Around The Nation.