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December 10, 2010

Sen. Pat Roberts Calls for Regulation Bonanza to Stop

By Mike Deering, NCBA Communications

On Dec. 9, 2010, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) discussed the long list of regulations being forced on U.S. cattlemen and women with Ramona Emilia Romero during a Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee hearing to consider her nomination as the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). He discussed burdensome regulations that lack science and a cost benefit analysis. Specifically, Roberts honed in on USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing and a slew of regulations coming out of the Environmental Protection Agency.

“We write legislation here and work very hard to produce a farm bill or any other bill and then all of a sudden it goes to some federal agency and it has happened in many administrations. And whatever pops out of the woodwork in the Federal Register is doesn’t resemble the intent that we think should be the case. That’s a continued sort of an arm wrestling contest,” said Sen. Roberts. “But on GIPSA, we really have strong feelings about that. And I’m glad ranking member Sen. Chambliss (Sen. Saxby Chambliss R-Ga.) brought up the situation with Mr. Butler (GIPSA Administrator J. Dudley Butler). He ought to recuse himself, and I feel pretty strongly about that. And with your background, I think you can take a hard look at that.”

Watch a portion of Sen. Roberts' remarks:

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