Coats Notes: Legislation to Protect Hoosier Jobs, Update on Syria

Senator Dan Coats
2013-04-26 17:46:48
<iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/Customers/quorum_coats-iq/co ats_topbanner.jpg> Dear Friend, Thank you for signing up to receive my email newsletter. These newsletters will cover a variety of topics, including events happening in Indiana, legislation being considered in Congress, and my perspective on current issues. My hope is to keep you updated and informed on how issues in Washington may impact Hoosiers. I welcome your feedback. Thanks for reading, Dan Coats _____ Legislation to Protect Hoosier Jobs Too often, federal government regulations or intervention can do more to hurt than help. As a time when our country continues to face chronic unemployment, I am committed to working on policies that protect jobs and promote economic growth. Recently I introduced two pieces of legislation to protect Hoosier jobs and prevent government overreach. One bill would prevent the administration from rewriting a federal rule that prohibits mining within 100 feet of a stream unless the activity "will not adversely affect the water quantity or quality." This rule was updated in 2008 after an extensive five-year process that included 40,000 public comments, two proposed rules and 5,000 pages of environmental analysis from five agencies. Now the administration wants to rewrite this existing regulation in a way that could cost up to 7,000 jobs and negatively impact local economies in 22 states. My common-sense legislation will protect American jobs by blocking the administration from issuing this harmful new regulation. More information about the legislation is available here <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14584.9553381.5285480.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.co ats.senate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fpress%2frelease%2fcoats-introduces-legislati on-to-protect-hoosier-energy-jobs> . The other bill I introduced would benefit Hoosier crop producers. The 2008 Farm Bill started a pilot program that allows farmers to voluntarily forgo federal subsidies and opt out of restrictions on fruit and vegetable production so they can produce specialty crops to meet growing demand. Known as "Farm Flex," this program has been a win for Hoosier farmers and American taxpayers. It provides farmers with the flexibility they need to respond to market signals when making planting decisions, rather than be restricted by federal rules to grow a particular crop. The current Farm Flex pilot program, which includes Indiana and six other states, is set to expire on September 30, 2013. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and I introduced the Farming Flexibility Act, which would expand the program to all 50 states and make it permanent. Farm Flex is a successful, tested, market-based program that has incentivized the local production of fruits and vegetables and saved taxpayer dollars. Most importantly, it gives Hoosier crop producers and farmers more control over their businesses without the government playing an unnecessary role in agriculture. You can read more about my legislation here <iqs3.solutions.lmit.com/iqextranet/iqClickTrk.aspx coats-iq&crop=14584.9553381.5285480.7189397&redirect=http%3a%2f%2fwww.co ats.senate.gov%2fnewsroom%2fpress%2frelease%2fcoats-donnelly-introduce-f arming-flexibility-act> . _____ Update on Syria This week, the White House, the secretary of defense and the intelligence community have confirmed that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on a limited scale in Syria. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I have been briefed on the intelligence behind this assessment, and I am following this matter very closely. Clearly, this raises the stakes in Syria and proves that hope is not a suitable strategy for advancing United States self-interest in the Middle East. It also demonstrates that without American leadership and a well-defined strategy, this situation will get worse. Today we are discussing the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, but tomorrow we could be talking about the use of chemical weapons by al-Qaeda or related terrorist groups that make up some of the opposing forces seeking to overthrow the current regime. The administration must reconsider its policy and actually develop a strategy for Syria. Left unchanged, we will not be able to shape, let alone control, the course of future events. 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Dan Coats


Legislation to Protect Hoosier Jobs 

Too often, federal government regulations or intervention can do more to hurt than help. As a time when our country continues to face chronic unemployment, I am committed to working on policies that protect jobs and promote economic growth.
 
Recently I introduced two pieces of legislation to protect Hoosier jobs and prevent government overreach.
 
One bill would prevent the administration from rewriting a federal rule that prohibits mining within 100 feet of a stream unless the activity “will not adversely affect the water quantity or quality.” This rule was updated in 2008 after an extensive five-year process that included 40,000 public comments, two proposed rules and 5,000 pages of environmental analysis from five agencies. Now the administration wants to rewrite this existing regulation in a way that could cost up to 7,000 jobs and negatively impact local economies in 22 states.

My common-sense legislation will protect American jobs by blocking the administration from issuing this harmful new regulation. More information about the legislation is available here.

The other bill I introduced would benefit Hoosier crop producers. The 2008 Farm Bill started a pilot program that allows farmers to voluntarily forgo federal subsidies and opt out of restrictions on fruit and vegetable production so they can produce specialty crops to meet growing demand.

Known as “Farm Flex,” this program has been a win for Hoosier farmers and American taxpayers. It provides farmers with the flexibility they need to respond to market signals when making planting decisions, rather than be restricted by federal rules to grow a particular crop.

The current Farm Flex pilot program, which includes Indiana and six other states, is set to expire on September 30, 2013. Senator Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) and I introduced the Farming Flexibility Act, which would expand the program to all 50 states and make it permanent.

Farm Flex is a successful, tested, market-based program that has incentivized the local production of fruits and vegetables and saved taxpayer dollars. Most importantly, it gives Hoosier crop producers and farmers more control over their businesses without the government playing an unnecessary role in agriculture. You can read more about my legislation here.


Update on Syria


This week, the White House, the secretary of defense and the intelligence community have confirmed that the Syrian regime used chemical weapons on a limited scale in Syria. As a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, I have been briefed on the intelligence behind this assessment, and I am following this matter very closely.

Clearly, this raises the stakes in Syria and proves that hope is not a suitable strategy for advancing United States self-interest in the Middle East. It also demonstrates that without American leadership and a well-defined strategy, this situation will get worse. Today we are discussing the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime, but tomorrow we could be talking about the use of chemical weapons by al-Qaeda or related terrorist groups that make up some of the opposing forces seeking to overthrow the current regime.

The administration must reconsider its policy and actually develop a strategy for Syria. Left unchanged, we will not be able to shape, let alone control, the course of future events.

Coats in the News

Coats, Messer Offices to Host “Academy Day” in Southern Indiana

Coats: Senators want answers on bombing suspect

Coats Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators to Introduce Dependable Air Service Act

Coats Invites Marine Corps Commandant to Visit NSA Crane in Indiana

Coats Demands Answers from Administration on Flight Delays, Furloughs of Air Traffic Controllers


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