Costa Advocates for Reducing Regulatory Burden, Bill Passes House
WASHINGTON, DC – Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed H. R. 953, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017. Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) cosponsored the legislation and urged his colleagues to support the measure on the House floor before the final vote was taken. Rep. Costa released the following statement after the bill passed 256 to 165:
“This is commonsense legislation, and I am happy to see it pass the House. It will eliminate the requirement of getting two permits for the same pesticide application. Not only will this streamline the regulatory process for our farmers – getting rid of the unnecessary second permits and the paperwork that comes with them – but it will also save people money, as some of these permits can cost over $150,000. Government regulations need to serve Americans, not unnecessarily burden them.
“This bill is an example of what we can do when we come together on a bipartisan basis to solve the daily problems facing Americans. Redundancy in government regulations is a very real challenge facing our farmers and small business owners in the Valley, and across our country. We came together today to begin to address this problem. We must continue these bipartisan efforts if we want to see further changes to regulatory policy, changes that make our regulations appropriate and effective.”
After passing in the House of Representatives today, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2017 will be sent to the Senate where Senators can debate, amend, and ultimately vote on the bill. If the legislation passes in both chambers of Congress, it will be sent to the President for him to sign into law.