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Ag Groups Support Regulatory Accountability Act
USAgNet - 04/27/2017

Several farm organizations are applauding Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) for introducing The Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA) of 2017.

The RAA amends the Administrative Procedure Act to increase accountability and transparency in the federal regulatory process and codifies the bipartisan regulatory process. This bill will also make sure federal agencies balance regulatory costs and benefits when developing new rules or changing existing regulations, and it provides stakeholders more opportunity to get involved earlier in the regulatory process.

"Wheat producers continue to face an ever-tightening maze of regulations which can be taxing and difficult to navigate," said National Association of Wheat Growers President David Schemm. "Overzealous regulations can place unnecessary burdens on farmers and hinder their ability to carry out the day-to-day operations, which can marginalize their profits and become costly for taxpayers."

He adds that RAA creates a better regulatory framework and process from the get go, so we won't have to keep facing increased regulatory burdens that don't show substantial benefits. Wheat growers want to ensure a safe, affordable and abundant food supply for all our customers and a safe working environment for ourselves, families and employees, but if we are faced with complicated regulations that add to our cost of production, it becomes more difficult to maintain a viable farming operation, especially with low commodity prices.

"Reasonable people may disagree about regulatory policies, but we shouldn't argue about how they are developed," said American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall, "When agencies use economic or scientific data, those facts and figures should be available for everyone to evaluate. When agencies decide on regulatory requirements, they should not make demands or impose costs that go beyond the will of Congress. When the government proposes rules, we should all have ample opportunity to evaluate and comment on the proposals."

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