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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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.
The Colorado River drought contingency plan is just a presidential signature away from becoming reality.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) voted today in favor of H.R. 2, the House-Senate Conference Report to the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, otherwise known as the Farm Bill. The House agreed to the report with a bipartisan vote of 369-47.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act, otherwise known as the Farm Bill. This legislation preserves and builds upon important resources that provide American farmers with the certainty they need to support the global food supply, as well as makes commonsense reforms to nutrition programs to help Americans escape poverty. The Farm Bill passed with a vote of 213-211.
The House of Representatives will soon consider a new Farm Bill. Unfortunately, there is a significant amount of misinformation being spread about some of its commonsense reforms that will prevent abuse of critical nutrition programs and ensure resources are reaching those who truly need them. It's important to clear some of those up.
WASHINGTON D.C. – Congressman Scott Tipton (CO-03) applauded the Department of Transportation (DOT) on its announcement of an additional 90-day Hours of Service (HOS) Electronic Logging Device (ELD) agriculture exemption.