House Ag Committee Approves Budget Views, Passes Pesticide Bill

House Ag Committee passes letter to Budget Committee Chairman Ryan; commemorates Smith-Lever

Published on: Mar 14, 2014

The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday considered the budget views and estimates letter for the 2015 fiscal year, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, and a resolution commemorating the Smith-Lever Act.

The committee adopted, by voice vote, the budget views and estimates letter, which outlines the committee's budget recommendations for the agencies and programs under its jurisdiction for fiscal year 2015. The letter will be submitted to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan.

In the letter, House Committee members said they would turn focus to implementing the farm bill, ensuring that the USDA is "administering its programs in a fiscally responsible manner."

House Ag Committee passes letter to Budget Committee Chairman Ryan; commemorates Smith-Lever
House Ag Committee passes letter to Budget Committee Chairman Ryan; commemorates Smith-Lever

"Even though the 2014 Farm Bill produced significant savings, we know that agriculture programs will continue to come under attack from those outside the committee," Rep. Colin Peterson, D-Minn., said in a statement. "The committee is committed to reducing the deficit but I hope our colleagues listen to us, avoid political games and keep in mind the safety net the farm bill provides during tough economic times, be it for farmers or consumers struggling to put food on the table."

Also on the committee's plate, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission reauthorization. Committee Chairman Frank Lucas, R-Okla., said the committee will continue oversight of CFTC regulations to ensure they’re not harming economic growth and job creation.

Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act
Also Thursday, the committee approved H.R. 935, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act, by voice vote.

The bill would amend the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, Rodenticide Act and the Clean Water Act to clarify Congressional intent and eliminate the requirement of a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit for the use of pesticides already approved for use under FIFRA.