House Committee Marks Up FY2017 Spending Bill

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NCBA President Tracy Brunner said the spending bill marked up by the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee has a number of good things for cattle producers. Specifically, this bill would defund the Environmental Protection Agency’s “Waters of the US” final rule. By defunding it, Congress will prevent members and taxpayers from expending more resources on future court battles. The bill also clarifies agricultural exemptions in the Section 404 process and continues defunding of new regulations under the Clean Air Act and Greenhouse Gas reporting for manure management systems. The Public Lands Council was pleased the bill would block the President’s administrative fee which would be on top of a grazing fee already raised by 25 percent earlier this year.