Senate Approves Interior Spending Bill

The Senate on Thursday approved the annual funding bill for the Interior Department and related agencies by a 77-21 vote. The bill includes an amendment by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) that would prevent unintended and unwanted consequences from regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

The amendment would help prevent the EPA from regulating methane emissions from livestock, more commonly called the ‘Cow Tax.’

EPA officials have repeatedly said that they do not wish to regulate emissions produced by livestock, but AFBF and CFB do not take the agency at their word as easily as Sen. Harkin does.

Earlier this week the American Farm Bureau Federation and several other agricultural organizations told members of the Senate in a letter that it is not sound policy for EPA to extend pending regulations beyond motor vehicles into activities like the production of crops, livestock and poultry.

The $32.1 billion bill now must be worked out with a House version that has similar language in its spending provisions.


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