Farming and ranching is the cornerstone of rural Colorado's economy, and it has always been an integral part of our way of life. The agriculture and food industry contributes over $40 billion annually to our state's econonmy. As Vice Chairman of the Congressional Western Caucus, I am committed to preserving the prosperity of American agriculture by ensuring our farms and ranches are both safe and productive. I support policies that provide job opportunities for rural America, affordable food for our citizens, and economic growth in our communities. I frequently hear the concerns of many family farmers and ranchers who are facing a mountain of new regultions. We all understand that some federal regulation plays a role in keeping our country safe; however, one-size-fits-all, excessive regulation is unnecessarily harmful to rural communities. Providing greater regulatory relief -- especially from legislation or agency rules that are duplicatve and bring no added environmental or food safety protection -- will enable agricultural communities to flourish and help get the nation back on the path to prosperity.
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Today, Members of the Senate and Congressional Western Caucus released the following statements after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the improved definition for "waters of the United States" with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule:
Last month, on the morning of a U.S. House of Representatives vote on the Farm Workers Modernization Act of 2019, the president of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association called on Colorado’s congressional representatives to fix a “crippling labor crisis” among agricultural operations in the state by supporting the bill.
WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) after more than a year since leaders of the three countries signed the deal. USMCA required implementing legislation to become law. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) supported the measure and released the following statement:
WASHINGTON— Today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a $2.7 million grant award to a broadband infrastructure project in western Colorado that will create or improve broadband connectivity for over 528 households in Colorado and Utah. Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) released the following statement after the announcement:
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded the Colorado River Water Conservation District nearly $316,000 to develop a Western Slope water marketing strategy tied to a potential demand management plan, the agency announced Monday.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the EPA awarded the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment $1.17 million for water quality improvement projects in the Lower Arkansas and Lower Gunnison River basins. The money, funded through a Nonpoint Source Program Clean Water Act (Section 319) grant, will be used to improve the quality of ground and surface waters by removing pollutants such as selenium, metals and other nutrients. Following the announcement, Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) offered this statement:
WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue requesting that Colorado’s trade imbalance with Mexico be taken into consideration as the United States-Mexico-Canada-Trade-Agreement (USMCA) continues to take shape. In part the letter reads:
Another Obama administration environmental rule is now history, as the Environmental Protection Agency on Thurday finalized its repeal of a 2015 rule expanding waterway and wetlands protections.
The 2015 "Waters of the United States" rule had support from environmentalists but faced criticism from agricultural and other interests. It was opposed in Colorado by U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Scott Tipton, both Republicans, and others including the Western Slope organization Club 20.
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) cosposored a bill, The Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2019, introduced by U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.). This bill offers a solution to the growing economic and environmental threats of catastrophic wildfires. Other cosponsors include U.S. Reps.