House to Hold Two Hearings Tomorrow Examining How Farm Regulations Limit Job Growth and Drive Up Food Prices

September 13, 2011

Contact: Dave Warner 202-347-3600

Washington, September 13, 2011 – The House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform and the House Committee on Agriculture’s Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy & Poultry will each hold a hearing on September 14, 2011, to examine how government policies can impact job creation and raise food prices for consumers.

At a time of high unemployment and record food prices, government regulations such as the new GIPSA rules could kill jobs and raise grocery bills even higher. An analysis by Informa Economics, an independent firm, found that GIPSA’s proposed rules would result in 22,800 lost jobs, $1.5 billion in decreased GDP and $359 million less in tax revenues. Food prices also are being driven up by the high cost of feed grain prices, which are at near-record levels in part because of U.S .biofuels policy. American workers and families cannot afford to be burdened by such policies and regulations.

Randy Spronk, a pork producer from Edgerton, Minn., will be available after the hearings to speak to the media about the adverse effects of current overregulation and government policies. Contact Dave Warner at (202) 641-7559 to schedule an interview.

DETAILS

Who: House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform

What: Hearing on “How a Broken Process Leads to Flawed Regulations”

When: September 14, 2011, 9:30 AM

Where: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

 

Who: House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy and Poultry

What: Hearing titled “Examination of the issue of feed availability and its effect on the livestock and poultry industries”

When: September 14, 2011, 01:30 PM

Where: 1300 Longworth House Office Building

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