U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt addressed cattlemen and women at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association annual legislative conference Thursday in Washington D.C. In his remarks, Pruitt said he is working to build a partnership between the agency and the men and women who serve as the stewards of our natural resources.
“In Oklahoma, I saw first-hand that cattlemen care deeply about a clean and healthy environment, because their livelihoods depend on it,” said Pruitt. “Looking forward, we will build a partnership with landowners across the country and create commonsense rules that protect our environment.”
Craig Uden, NCBA president, said he appreciated the candid comments and looks forward to working in collaboration the Administration.
“After eight years of aggressive regulatory overreach, it is reassuring to have an administrator that wants to work with our nation’s farmers and ranchers,” said Uden. “We are the front line in terms of environmental stewardship. A one-size-fits-all approach to environmental conservation simply doesn’t work, and we look forward to working with Administrator Pruitt to create an environment that incentivizes voluntary conservation and provides the flexibility needed for cattlemen and women to care for their land.”
Pruitt’s appearance at NCBA’s annual legislative conference caps off an action-packed three days during which hundreds of cattle and beef producers stormed Capitol Hill, met with their senators and members of Congress about the issues that affect them, got updates from administration officials, and helped announce the re-establishment of the Congressional Beef Caucus at a Capitol Hill news conference.
The Congressional Beef Caucus will be co-chaired by Reps. Henry Cuellar (D., Texas) and Kevin Yoder (R., Kan.,) who joined NCBA at Wednesday’s news conference. The Beef Caucus currently stands 35 Members of Congress strong, hailing from 21 different states.
“On behalf of America’s cattlemen and women, I want to thank Congressmen Cuellar, Yoder, and every other Member who has already joined the Congressional Beef Caucus – and I’d encourage every other Member of Congress to join today,” said Uden. “From trade to taxes, and from federal lands to the farm bill, there are many issues that affect our ability to help provide the world’s safest and most abundant food supply. The Beef Caucus will help us highlight those issues on Capitol Hill so lawmakers know how those policies affect cattle producers back home in their districts.”