March 16, 2018
U.S Senator Roy Blunt (left) meets with Missouri Farm Bureau Vice President Todd Hays (right)
WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) spoke to Missouri Farm Bureau members during their annual trip to Washington. Blunt today released the following statement on the meeting:
“Missouri’s rich farmland, central location, and top notch plant and agricultural research institutions put us in a strong position to continue leading the nation in agriculture. To do so, we need to make sure we have the right policies, programs, and infrastructure in place for farmers and ranchers to thrive. That’s why it’s so important to have input from the Missouri Farm Bureau, especially as we continue our efforts to roll back excessive regulations that have little to no economic benefit, and move forward on infrastructure legislation, including rural broadband. I’m grateful for all the Missouri Farm Bureau has done to strengthen our state’s agriculture industry, and look forward to continuing our work on the issues Missouri farm families care most about.”
Last month, Blunt commended the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for holding a listening session in Kansas City, Mo. to hear Missourians’ feedback on the proposed repeal of the so-called Clean Power Plan (CPP), one of the most expensive and burdensome regulations handed down by the previous administration. In October 2017, Blunt praised EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s announcement that the EPA would issue a new rule withdrawing the CPP. In April 2017, Blunt welcomed Administrator Pruitt to the Thomas Hill Energy Center in Clifton Hill, Mo., where they toured the energy plant and heard from workers, Missouri Electric Cooperative members, and agricultural leaders about the impact excessive regulations would have on their jobs and industries.
In June 2017, Blunt also praised the Trump administration’s withdrawal of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule, which gave federal bureaucrats jurisdiction over more than 99 percent of Missouri.