Products grown in Indiana feed not only the rest of the country, but also the rest of the world.
Unfortunately, it has been a trying time to be a Hoosier farmer. The EPA’s WOTUS rule is the biggest unilateral regulatory overreach in recent memory. Under the rule, every “waterway” in the country is now subject to EPA regulation. The definition of waterway in the rule puts nearly every stream, wetland, irrigation runoff and drainage ditch under the regulatory whim of EPA bureaucrats.
It is absolutely crucial we put our Hoosier farmers in the best position to succeed moving forward. As part of a response to Washington's over burdensome regulatory regime, I've introduced and passed through the House the REINS Act. The REINS Act implements necessary government oversight into the federal rule making process by requiring an up or down vote in Congress of all regulations estimated to have an economic impact greater than $100 million.
Another such way to ensure Hoosier farmers are in the best position to succeed is to increase their access to the 95% of the world’s consumers overseas. That is why I supported Trade Promotion Authority in the hope we can reach a comprehensive agreement on the Trans Pacific Partnership. This trade agreement would grant access to additional overseas markets for Hoosier farmers to sell their products.