Ag Committee Heads, Industry Groups Pleased with Pruitt Confirmation02/20/2017
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway have released the following statements on the Senate’s confirmation of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Chairman Roberts: Senate Approves Scott Pruitt to be EPA Administrator
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, today said the Senate approved the nomination of Scott Pruitt to be the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
“I look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt,” Roberts said. “He understands that while farmers and ranchers make their living off the land, they are also its best stewards.
“For years we have struggled with an EPA that was not only tone deaf to the needs and concerns of rural America, it was downright adversarial. Producers were burdened with overregulation, which left them feeling ruled, not governed.
“I am confident Pruitt will lead an EPA that is more respectful of agriculture and will work to restore the trust of farmers, ranchers, and rural Americans.”
Conaway Statement on Scott Pruitt Confirmation
Today the Senate approved the nomination of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway issued the following statement.
“I am pleased with today’s confirmation of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt,” said Chairman Conaway.“For too long, farmers and ranchers have suffered from unnecessary, burdensome regulations as a result of EPA overreach. Administrator Pruitt understands that farmers and ranchers are the original, and best, stewards of the land, and I look forward to working with him to provide much-needed regulatory relief for rural America.”
Farm Bureau hails confirmation
“Scott Pruitt’s confirmation to lead the Environmental Protection Agency will bring a breath of fresh air to the post,” states Zippy Duvall, president, American Farm Bureau Federation. “America’s farmers and ranchers look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt as he leads the EPA with a welcome level of common sense in the important job of protecting the environment.
“For too long, farmers and ranchers have been victims of EPA’s harsh regulatory overreach. Farmers are conservationists to the core and we want to play a positive, cooperative role in protecting the environment we rely on to produce food for this nation.
“In his position as attorney general in Oklahoma, Pruitt stood up for common-sense, effective regulation that protects the environment and the rights of the regulated community. We’re optimistic that he will retain those same values as administrator and we look forward to working with him. But what we truly look forward to is working with someone at EPA who understands how farmers and ranchers care for our nation’s natural resources each and every day.”
Cotton Council positive
The National Cotton Council is pleased that the Senate confirmed the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new EPA Administrator.
NCC Chairman Ronnie Lee, a Bronwood, Ga., cotton producer said, “I look forward to the day very soon that farmers can spend more time producing crops and less time worrying about how to comply with onerous, overly burdensome regulations and doing paperwork. The cotton industry looks forward to working with Administrator Pruitt as he leads EPA in a way to help ensure a safe and healthy environment alongside a strong and viable agricultural sector.”
Lee noted that Pruitt has been a tireless critic of some of EPA’s regulations and has promised to revamp the agency.
“We hope that President Trump and Administrator Pruitt act on the President’s campaign promises regarding certain regulations, and ensure the agency is making decisions based on sound, peer- reviewed science rather than based on public opinions,” Lee said.