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Iowa Congressman David Young and the entire Iowa Congressional delegation has invited U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to Iowa to meet with those who directly rely on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
"Renewable fuels are critical to achieving energy independence in the United States and play an important role in Iowa’s economy," the delegation said in the letter. "Across Iowa, cooperatives and renewable fuel plants dot the landscape. We invite you to visit Iowa and look forward to working with you."
Iowa Congressman David Young issued the following statement on Scott Pruitt's resignation as EPA Administrator:
"Scott Pruitt’s departure is long overdue. His actions as EPA administrator not only raised serious ethical concerns, but hurt Iowa farmers by recklessly undercutting the Renewable Fuel Standard. It is my hope that Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler will uphold the President's commitment to the RFS and get the EPA back on track."
Iowa Congressman David Young led Iowa's Congressional delegation on a letter to President Donald J. Trump expressing their continued concerns retaliatory tariffs will harm Iowa's farmers and asked the President to act expeditiously to save Iowa's rural economy.
It seems at every turn, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator Scott Pruitt is doing everything he can to undermine the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), despite President Trump’s pledges and wishes to preserve it. President Trump needs to have a serious conversation with Administrator Pruitt to uphold and enforce the RFS.
Iowa Congressman David Young supported H.R. 3, the Spending Cuts to Expired and Unnecessary Programs Act, also known as the rescission package, which passed the House of Representatives this evening.
"Washington has a spending problem and this rescissions package brings back taxpayer dollars which either can't be spent or were unused - this is simply Iowa commonsense," said Congressman Young.
Iowa has the best workers who produce high quality products shipped around the world. In 2016, Iowans shipped over $12 billion worth of products to other countries.
As I travel to each county every month, I have the opportunity to tour the farms, manufacturers, processing facilities, and other businesses where these products are made. I am always impressed with the ingenuity and hard work I see from the folks at each stop.
Iowa Congressman David Young and Wisconsin Congressman Ron Kind today sent a bipartisan letter to Thailand's Ambassador to the United States Virachai Plasai calling for Thailand to remove its unfair restrictions on American goods, specifically pork. The letter, signed by 44 members of Congress, says Congress may take action to suspend or completely end Thailand's trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences if their restrictions on imports of American farm products are not lifted.
On one of my many school visits, I visited an elementary school here in the Third District. I sat with students during their breakfast and when the bell rang, signaling the time to head to their classroom, I watched students walk to the garbage can and dump trays full of food into it. Whole bananas, unopened cartons of milk, and other untouched foods simply dropped into the trash.
Iowa Congressman David Young joined Agriculture Secretary Perdue for a round table discussion on ways to reduce food waste. Last week, Congressman Young and Congresswoman Pingree started the Food Waste Caucus.
Iowans and Americans across the country are optimistic about the economy. Large and small businesses are giving bonuses to workers, expanding their operations with new workers, and upgrading their equipment. While we continue to make great strides, more must be done to help our farmers and agriculture community.
About every five years Congress considers a new Farm Bill – legislation shaping our nation’s agriculture policy. The current Farm Bill expires this year, giving us a chance to renew and reevaluate our farms programs.