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COLLINS JOINS GEORGIA DELEGATION URGING SEC. PERDUE TO RESCIND OBAMA ADMINISTRATION POULTRY REGULATIONS

May 5, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Doug Collins (GA-09) joined Members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation in sending a bipartisan letter to Sonny Perdue, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Led by U.S. Representative Austin Scott (GA-08), the letter urges Secretary Perdue to rescind Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rules issued in the eleventh hour of the Obama Administration, which would regulate livestock and poultry producers’ ability to market their animals.             

Joining Reps. Collins and Scott on today’s letter were Reps. Rick Allen (GA-12), Buddy Carter (GA-01), Tom Graves (GA-14), Jody Hice (GA-10), David Scott (GA-13), Rob Woodall (GA-07), Drew Ferguson (GA-03), and Barry Loudermilk (GA-11).

“We urge you to promote American business, eliminate stifling regulation, and make a clear statement of support for American agriculture by rescinding the GIPSA interim final rule and withdrawing the two GIPSA proposed rules,” wrote the Members.

“Even based on GIPSA’s own analysis, these rules are completely out of line with our priorities to eliminate burdensome regulations and to promote American businesses. Rescinding the rules would allow livestock and poultry producers to market their animals how, when, and where they want to without GIPSA dictating the transactions.”

In today’s letter, the Members urged Secretary Perdue to review and rescind three poultry-related regulations that would inflict billions of dollars of economic harm on American agriculture, exceed GIPSA’s statutory authority and represent an arbitrary and capricious abuse of federal regulatory authority.

The letter's text is available here.

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