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Fighting over Dust

Recorded on December 11, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Here's an example of Washington craziness.

Because the EPA has considered regulating dust thrown up by farm equipment, the House of Representatives passed a bill to block the EPA.

Then the EPA bureaucrats ridiculed the legislation, saying they don't plan any such regulation, at least not at this time.

Then the Obama White House announced they would veto the legislation, which according to the EPA shouldn't be a problem because they denied any plan to regulate dust on farms.

So why veto a bill that only requires the bureaucrats to keep their word?

There's something fishy here. It sounds suspiciously like the EPA indeed wants to regulate dust on farms, which is projected to decrease food production, raise food prices, and cost jobs in rural areas.

It's an all too-common story. If we want to create jobs, don't create so many regulations.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.