WASHINGTON – More agriculture groups are expressing opposition to the Waxman/Markey climate change and energy legislation (H.R. 2454). Since mid-May, 17 more groups have written letters to Members of Congress encouraging them to vote against the measure. To date, no large farm groups have endorsed it.
The Waxman-Markey bill was passed by the Energy and Commerce Committee. Elements of the bill have now been referred to eight other committees, including Agriculture, for consideration. The growing chorus of opposition comes as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems intent to force this bill through the House of Representatives without carefully studying the impact it will have on production agriculture and rural economies. Politico reported yesterday that Rep. Pelosi informed committee chairmen that they had to finish work on the climate and energy bill by June 19.
Meanwhile, this thinking is at odds with members of the agriculture community. In the June 3 Agri-Pulse newsletter, an Iowa farmer attending the Farm Foundation Forum at the National Press Club, is quoted as saying “the biggest hazard for agriculture right now is the rush to legislate.”
“This is an enormous bill with enormous consequences for the American people. The best thing we can do for the American people is allow the legislative process to work by holding hearings and having a markup. We need to take the time to fully understand the impact of this bill. Right now, this bill only serves to create a national energy tax that will hammer rural America with a higher cost of living,” said Ranking Member Frank Lucas.
A complete list of the agriculture groups opposed to the bill is included below. Their letters to Members of Congress can be viewed on the Agriculture Committee Republicans’ website www.agriculture.house.gov/republicans.
American Farm Bureau Federation Northern Pulse Growers Association
National Corn Growers Association North Dakota Wheat Commission
National Chicken Council North Dakota Barley Council
National Turkey Federation New Mexico Peanut Growers Association
United Egg Producers North Carolina Peanut Growers Association
American Farmers & Ranchers Oklahoma Peanut Commission
The Fertilizer Institute Panhandle Peanut Growers Association
Ohio Corn Growers Association Peanut Growers Cooperative Marketing Association
Ohio Wheat Growers Association South Carolina Peanut Growers Association
Ohio Poultry Association Texas Peanut Producers Board
Ohio Farm Bureau Virginia Peanut Growers Association
Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Association Western Peanut Growers Association
Texas Farm Bureau Corn Producers Association of Texas
North Dakota Grain Growers Association Texas Grain & Feed Association
North Dakota Farm Bureau Missouri Farm Bureau
Northern Canola Growers Association South Dakota Farm Bureau
AmeriFlax Nebraska Farm Bureau
North Dakota Stockmen’s Association
North Dakota Grain Dealers Association
North Dakota Soybean Growers Association
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