Senators introduct resolution to reverse 'endangerment' ruling
By TIM HEARDEN
The nation's largest beef cattle organization is urging Congress to pass a resolution disapproving of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's finding that greenhouse gasses are a threat to human health and the environment.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association has filed several legal challenges against the December "endangerment" ruling.
A resolution by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., seeks to reverse the ruling, which the NCBA asserts will harm ranchers and stifle U.S. economic growth.
Senate Resolution 26, which needs 51 votes to pass and is not subject to filibuster, was expected to come to the Senate floor this week for debate, said Bethany Shively, the NCBA's legislative spokeswoman in Washington, D.C.
The measure is one of nearly a dozen bills in Congress that the NCBA is following. Among other bills the organization supports:
* Legislation (House Resolution 4717) sponsored by four Western lawmakers that would increase oversight of the Equal Access to Justice Act, which environmentalists use to fund lawsuits targeting federal agencies.
* Resolutions (S452 and HR1196) urging President Barack Obama's administration to insist on increased market access for U.S. beef exports in Japan.
* A measure (HR5016) to prohibit the Department of the Interior from impeding border security on public lands, in response to an Arizona rancher's murder by a suspected illegal immigrant.
The NCBA opposes:
* A bill (S787) by Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., that would expand regulatory authority over bodies of water regardless of whether they're navigable -- a measure that NCBA argues would diminish private property rights.
* New York Democratic Rep. Louise Slaughter's bill (HR1549) to ban the use of certain non-therapeutic antibiotics in livestock.