Ag Committee Republicans Seek Meeting with EPA Director to Discuss Constituent Concerns

In an effort to begin a dialogue about important concerns of the agriculture community about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, Senator Chuck Grassley joined Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee to request a meeting with EPA Director Gina McCarthy.

The senators wrote to McCarthy that they had heard concerns about EPA regulations from constituents and agriculture leaders in their home states.  “As members of the Agriculture Committee, we write to request an opportunity to meet with you so we can share those thoughts directly and have a better understanding of your commitment, including activities and timeframe, for addressing the needs of agriculture and rural America,” the senators wrote.

“Heavy-handed EPA regulations threaten to very livelihood of farmers and rural communities,” Grassley said.  “There’s no question that the EPA needs to be more cognizant of rural America and the role agriculture plays in a growing economy.”

Grassley signed the letter led by Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Pat Roberts, Saxby Chambliss, John Boozman, John Hoeven, Mike Johanns and John Thune.