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King Calls for Greater Congressional Review/Sunsetting of Ag Regulations

Jun 22, 2018
Press Release

“Congress has ducked its responsibility.”

Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King, a member of the House Small Business Committee and the House Agriculture Committee, releases the following video of his participation in a hearing held by the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy, and Trade. The Subcommittee, which is chaired by King's fellow Iowan, Congressman Rod Blum, was titled "Accelerating Agriculture: How Federal Regulations Impact America's Small Farmers."

During his remarks, Congressman King questioned the extent to which Congress has delegated its regulatory responsibilities to the Executive Branch. King also expressed his continued support for the REINS Act, legislation he voted for in the House that would subject regulations which cost more than $100 million to a strict Congressional approval process.

Importantly, King expressed his concerns about the economic impact of currently existing regulations that would be grandfathered in by the REINS Act. Congressman King suggested that these regulations should also face a regular Congressional review and sunsetting process to ensure that American small businesses and American agriculture are not swamped in costly red tape and burdened by overregulation.

To watch Congressman King’s remarks, please click here.

Witnesses at the hearing included:

  • Mr. Craig Martins, Operations Manager Three Rivers FS, Dyersville, IA

* Testifying on behalf of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives and GROWMARK, Inc

  • Mr. John Weber, Owner Valley Lane Farms Inc., Dysart, IA

* Testifying on behalf of the National Pork Producers Council

  • Mr. Glenn Brunkow, Co-Owner Brush Creek Cattle Company, Wamego, KS

* Testifying on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation

  • Ms. Laurie Ristino, Associate Professor of Law, Director, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems Vermont Law School, South Royalton, VT

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