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House Ag to hold hearing on EPA impact on rural U.S.

The House Agriculture Committee has scheduled a hearing on Tuesday on "the impacts of the Environmental Protection Agency's actions on the rural economy."

The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in Room 1300 of the Longworth House Office Building.

The committee has not released an official hearing list, but in a media advisory, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway, R-Texas, said, "Next week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be called on to explain her agency's decisions and discuss with members of Congress how we might work together to ensure that future actions by the EPA do not harm American agriculture."

"America's farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists, and they have a vested interest in protecting our natural resources," Conway said.

“America’s farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists... Michael Conway, House Agriculture Committee chairman

"Yet, when it comes to the regulatory agenda of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, we are repeatedly confronted by an agency seemingly oblivious to the voluntary conservation efforts of America's farmers and ranchers, and perhaps most alarmingly, apparently addicted to writing regulations that ignore Congressional intent, ignore the input of stakeholders — including other Federal agencies — and put our ability to produce food and fiber at risk in the U.S."

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