Press Release | 115th Congress
Opening Statement by Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin C. Peterson
Business meeting to consider H.R. 1029, The Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act of 2017, and H.R. 953, Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017
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“Thank you. As the Chairman said, we are marking up two bills this morning – The Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act and the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act.
“The Pesticide Registration Enhancement Act, now in its fourth iteration, is the result of work done by a broad coalition of industry and environmental stakeholders. PRIA’s goal has been to create a more predictable and effective evaluation process, promote shorter review periods for reduced-risk pesticides, and enhance scientific and regulatory activities related to farm worker protection. I believe this coalition is a successful model we can turn to to help solve other pesticide and environmental concerns. I urge members to support PRIA’s reauthorization.
“The Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act alleviates additional permitting requirements that would have little to no environmental benefit. This is the sixth year the Agriculture Committee is attempting to alleviate this burden by restoring Congressional intent and addressing the court ruling that got us into this position. I think this is pretty common sense legislation and hope that we will finally be able to see it signed into law. I urge members to vote yes.
“Thank you Mr. Chairman, I yield back.”