September 16, 2019

Climate Issues; Food Safety; Biofuels; Ag Economy; Farm Bill; and Political Notes

Climate Issues: Senate Action on EPA Regulation Authority

Meredith Shiner reported yesterday at Politico that, “Senate Republicans on Tuesday pushed to rein in what they say is an overreach by the Environmental Protection Agency, but a lack of significant Democratic support and a veto threat from the White House seemed likely to thwart their efforts.

“Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, ranking Republican on the [Energy and Natural Resources Committee], wants the Senate to approve a resolution blocking the agency’s regulations on greenhouse gases. She and 11 GOP colleagues — ranging from Jim Inhofe who believes climate change is a ‘hoax’ to Lindsey Graham, the one-time cosponsor of bipartisan climate change legislation — spoke to reporters about the measure in a Capitol Hill news conference.”

Video clips from yesterday’s news conference are available here (Sen. Murkowski), here (Sen. Graham), and here (Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota).

Printed remarks regarding the Senate resolution from yesterday are available here (Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee) and here (Sen. Kit Bond, R-Missouri).