Tuesday, January 06, 2015

New subcommittee could impact agriculture and rural policy, including clean-power, water rules

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), incoming chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced in a release that he plans to create an Interior Subcommittee of the panel to follow issues related to the Department of the Interior, the Department of Energy, the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) will chair the subcommittee.

"The newly created subcommittee could have impacts on agriculture and rural policy through looming debates on the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Power Plan proposed rule, and the Waters of the U.S. proposed rule," Spencer Chase reports for Agri-Pulse, a Washington newsletter. "Final rules are upcoming on the CPP and WOTUS proposed rules, and many lawmakers have been critical of the use of the ESA, saying its scope is broadening much further than original congressional intent." (Read more)

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