OFBF applauds Ohio Congressmen, Appeals Court for reducing regulatory burdens

Ohio Reps. Jean Schmidt and Bob Gibbs have been commended by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF) for their sponsorship of H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011.

The bill protects pesticide applicators, including farmers and other small businessmen, their customers and state and local government from costs associated with duplicating already existing federal pesticide regulations.

“Reps. Schmidt and Gibbs led this critical bi-partisan effort in Congress and we are proud of their strong support for Ohio and American agriculture,” said John C. (Jack) Fisher, OFBF’s executive vice president.

Fisher also thanked House Speaker John Boehner, another Ohioan, for his support and assistance in bringing the bill to a floor vote, which was passed with bipartisan support 292 – 130. Fisher also praised the other Ohioans who voted for the bill including Reps. Steve Austria, Steve Chabot, Bill Johnson, Jim Jordan, Marcy Kaptur, Steve LaTourette, Bob Latta, Steve Stivers, Jim Renacci, Pat Tiberi and Mike Turner.

Credit also goes to county Farm Bureau presidents, according to Fisher. “Over 100 Ohio farmers and staff were in Washington, D.C. less than two weeks ago asking for assistance from Congress on this critical issue. We are glad to see this quick and very helpful response,” he said.

In a separate development, Ohio Farm Bureau welcomed news that the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals granted a request by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to extend the pesticide permit deadline to October 31, 2011 from the previous deadline of April 9, 2011. A previous lower court ruling required EPA to establish the duplicative regulations that prompted H.R. 872.

“The Appeals Court ruling and House passage of their bill are both very important, but do not fully resolve the issue. We now ask the U.S. Senate to move quickly and approve similar legislation,” Fisher said.

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