Federal Legislative Update: May 2nd to May 6th

The US Senate and House will get back to work next week, following a two-week district work period. Here are a few items of interest.

On Tuesday, May 3rd, the House Committee on Agriculture and Committee on Natural Resources will hold a joint hearing titled, “At Risk: American Jobs, Agriculture, Health and Species—the Costs of Federal Regulatory Dysfunction.”  This hearing will focus on pesticide regulation as it relates to FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act). The hearing starts at 10:00am EDT (8am MDT, 7am PDT), and if you click here, you will be able to watch or listen to the hearing. IASCD solicited questions from member districts on this issue, and will be submitting them to Congressman Raul Labrador. Congressman Labrador is a member of the Committee on Natural Resources.

Congressman Mike Simpson and Congressman Labrador joined a bipartisan group of House members expressing concern about guidance put out by the Environment Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that would change the definition of waters subject to the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. You can view a copy of this letter by clicking here.

Finally, Capital Press published the editorial IASCD wrote for Earth Day. It’s similar to what was run by the Post Register, but had more examples of the great work our districts do each day. Capital Press reaches readers in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Click here to read the online editorial.


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