Congressman Gibbs’ Pesticide Bill Passes the House

July 31, 2014
Press Release

Washington D.C.—Congressman Gibbs released the following statement regarding the passage of his bipartisan legislation from the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee, H.R. 935, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act:

“I introduced H.R. 935 to clarify Congressional intent regarding the regulation and use of pesticides in and around navigable waters. Today, this bill passed with bipartisan support and will bring clarity to state and local governments, and farmers. After numerous hearings held by my subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment we were able to construct commonsense, bi-partisan legislation that will eliminate costly and duplicative regulations while providing for responsible application of pesticides.

“This bill would reverse a circuit court ruling that would hamper existing environmental protections, and make it more expensive for state and local governments, farmers and homeowners to comply with pesticide regulations. This bill enables communities to continue conducting routine preventative mosquito control programs without unnecessary and costly delays from government red tape. By working with Chairman Shuster and the EPA, we were able to find common ground with well over 150 organizations representing a wide variety of public and private entities and reach the best outcome possible.”