The House earlier this week passed Farm Bureau-supported legislation that would ensure transparency and accountability by regulatory agencies, reaffirm congressional intent in rulemaking and strengthen the public’s right to know. As approved by lawmakers, the Regulatory Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 5) included an amendment offered by Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) that would limit a federal agency from lobbying for its own rulemaking.
On Jan. 8, more than 1,500 Farm Bureau members contacted their legislators in support of the regulatory reform bill and the Peterson amendment after American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall issued a call to action during his opening address at the organization’s 2017 Annual Convention & IDEAg Trade Show.
The legislation now goes to the Senate.