WASHINGTON, D.C. –– Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) joined House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, House Agriculture Committee Republican Leader Glenn “GT” Thompson, and 93 other House Republicans in sending a letter to President Biden calling on his Administration to reverse overly burdensome regulations and policy barriers to U.S. agriculture production that have caused needless uncertainty for farmers, ranchers, and rural communities across the country.The letter to the President outlines administrative actions which would immediately provide real, near-term solutions to address the ongoing crises facing American producers, including:
• Addressing farm input costs
• Halting changes to “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS)
• Ensuring the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) refocuses on sound science
• Ending onerous climate rules
The lawmakers wrote, “Long before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, America’s farm families and consumers were struggling with fractured supply chains, skyrocketing input costs, and historic levels of inflation, each of which continue to contribute to increased food prices and diminished inventories. U.S. consumers are experiencing the largest price increase in nearly 40 years, with the U.S. Consumer Price Index (CPI) for food rising by 9.4 percent between April 2021 and April 2022.”
“Despite these impending crises, your Administration has neglected to take serious action to increase American production.