Energy Valuation Rule to Increase Costs for Families, Reduce Energy Revenue
Washington, D.C. (June 30, 2016) –Today the Department of the Interior released the final rule for assessing the value of the coal, oil, and natural gas produced on federal and tribal lands. The new regulations, combined with other actions taken by the Obama Administration, will lead to lost jobs and a decline in energy production.
Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) issued the following statement in response:
“These regulations mark the latest attack by the Obama Administration on energy production that supports local schools, jobs, and infrastructure while providing affordable and reliable energy to millions of American families,” said Chairman Lummis. “The President’s campaign to bury American energy potential under mountains of red tape will kill jobs and drive up families’ electric bills while threatening the billions of dollars in royalties that states, tribes, and the federal government already collect annually from energy production. While the President and his Administration claim that they care about fair returns for the taxpayer, they continue to move towards a keep it in the ground strategy that will ensure no return at all.” Continue reading
Federal Court Strikes Down BLM Fracturing Rule
Washington, D.C. (June 21st, 2016) – Today in Wyoming, US District Court Judge John Skavdahl struck down the Bureau of Land Management’s final rule on hydraulic fracturing. Judge Skavdahl agreed with western states, tribes, and industry that the BLM lacked the authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing.
Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large) issued the following statement in response: Continue reading
FWS Drops Appeal of Ruling Delisting Lesser Prairie Chicken
Washington, D.C. (May 12th, 2016) –Yesterday the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service announced that it is dropping its appeal against the Texas Court ruling that removed the threatened designation of the lesser prairie chicken. The court cited that local conservation efforts and plans were ignored when the listing decision was made.
Congressional Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large), Chairman Emeritus Steve Pearce (NM-02), and caucus member U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) issued the following statements in response: Continue reading
Washington, D.C. (January 7th, 2016) – In response to recent events in Burns, Oregon Western Caucus Chairman Cynthia Lummis (WY-At large), Chairman Emeritus Steve Pearce (NM-02), andVice Chairman Mark Amodei (NV-02) issued the following joint statement:
“We are a nation of laws and when those laws are broken there are supposed to be consequences. But the law is also supposed to be fair and equitable. When the EPA spilled 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater from the Gold King Mine turning Colorado’s Animas River orange and then failed to inform communities downstream, an investigation by another federal agency held no individuals responsible and the EPA simply continued business without punishment. In Oregon a similar situation is unfolding where two ranchers are being thrown in jail for 5 years for burning 139 acres of federal land when the federal government, itself a landowner, has over the years burned thousands of acres of private land without anyone being held to account, much less tossed in jail. No American, East or West, should stand for this double standard. Continue reading
Congress Votes to Stop EPA Rules that Raise Energy Prices
Washington, D.C. (December 1, 2015) –Today a majority in the U.S. House voted on two separate bills to disapprove of both the EPA rule on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Power Plants and the EPA rule on Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Power Plants. These rules, if left unchecked, would have serious impacts on energy prices for American families across the country. The rules would also, in effect, ban the construction of new coal-fired power plants. The resolutions of disapproval have already passed the Senate and now go to the White House. Continue reading
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 17, 2015 – As part of World Antibiotics Awareness Week, the National Pork Producers Council is highlighting U.S. pork producers’ three-decade commitment to responsible and necessary use of animal health products to keep their animals healthy and to produce safe food.
Among those efforts, the U.S. pork industry: Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Today, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack announced the recipients of federal grants through the Biofuel Infrastructure Program (BIP). Last month, Secretary Vilsack announced that 21 states had been selected to participate in the matching grants program, which aims to give consumers greater access to higher ethanol blends by investing up to $100 million in biofuel blender pumps. Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) President and CEO Bob Dinneen applauded USDA for its continued investment in biofuels:
“USDA in general and Secretary Vilsack particular are to be commended for providing consistent, concerted, and courageous leadership when it comes to investing in American energy,” said Dinneen. “These matching grants will inject the capital that is needed to build out the infrastructure that is critical for increasing consumer access to higher ethanol blends. Today’s announcement by USDA underscores the importance of having the private sector invest in our nation’s biofuels industry. Our hope is that EPA is watching and paying close attention.” Continue reading
WASHINGTON (October 27, 2015) – In response to a proposed $3 billion cut in crop insurance support as part of a larger budget deal, the American Soybean Association issued a strong defense of the nation’s farm program and called on Congress to oppose any reopening of the farm bill. ASA President Wade Cowan, a soybean farmer from Brownfield, Texas, noted that agriculture remains the only industry segment that has come forward and voluntarily accepted spending reductions, and urged lawmakers to seek cuts elsewhere: Continue reading
House Panel Approves NMPF-Backed Amendment Allowing Increased Truck Weight Limits for Milk Hauling
ARLINGTON, VA – The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved legislation backed by the National Milk Producers Federation allowing states to increase truck weights so that milk is shipped as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
The bipartisan amendment, offered by New York Republican Richard Hanna and Connecticut Democrat Elizabeth Esty, was added to a transportation bill that could reach the House floor later this fall. It was approved on a voice vote.
“Today’s amendment recognizes the unique needs of hauling milk,” said NMPF President and CEO Jim Mulhern. “Milk is extremely perishable. Both the supply of it coming from farms, and the daily intake needs of processing plants, can fluctuate unpredictably. As a result, milk handling requirements sometimes conflict with limits on truck weights.” Continue reading
WIDE RANGE OF FOREIGN DAIRY SUBSIDIES LIMITS U.S. FARMERS’ ABILITY TO SELL PRODUCTS OVERSEAS, NMPF SAYS
ARLINGTON, VA – While the United States has reduced support mechanisms for dairy farmers in recent years, a wide range of foreign dairy subsidies remain, limiting the U.S. industry’s ability to sell more of its products overseas, the National Milk Producers Federation said today. Continue reading
Washington, D.C. (September 30, 2015) – Today a U.S. District Judge in the District Court of Wyoming upheld a preliminary injunction against the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) rule governing hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands, finalized in March of this year. The judge found that the rule exceeded the BLM’s statutory authority. Continue reading
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced increased protection for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families.
The revised standards give farmworkers health protections under the law similar to those already afforded to workers in other industries. EPA’s updates reflect extensive stakeholder involvement from federal and state partners and the agricultural community including farmworkers, farmers and industry.
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From Jim Mulhern, President and Chief Executive Officer, NMPF:
“We appreciate the decision today by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to extend the sign-up deadline for the dairy Margin Protection Program (MPP) until Friday, November 20th. In his announcement, Secretary Vilsack acknowledged that fall is a busy time for dairy producers, and that the additional seven weeks for sign-up will help the decision-making process on using the MPP in 2016. Continue reading