U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan Serving Wisconsin's 1st District

U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan Serving Wisconsin's 1st District

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As an avid outdoorsman, a clean environment and strong conservation programs are of the utmost concern to me. Protecting the environment can go hand in hand with our efforts to expand our economy. One of my top priorities is that we continue to balance growth with stewardship. By reducing rates of pollution in more cost-effective manners, we can ensure that our policies are economically and environmentally sound.

The Fiscal Year 2014 Budget, The Path to Prosperity

The budget resolution recognizes the importance of the activities contained within the Natural Resources and Environment Function of the Federal Budget – which include water resources, conservation, environmental land management and recreational programs.  However, bigger government has not resulted in better government, and the increase in spending in this area has only invited mismanagement and unnecessary duplication.  For example, the President’s own Fiscal Commission identified hundreds of millions of dollars in water treatment efforts duplicated across the Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, and USDA, not pertaining – in some cases – to these agencies core missions.

The Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution builds on previous House-passed budget resolutions and supports the Nation’s enduring energy policy priorities— economic prosperity, lower gasoline and energy prices, and greater revenue generation from domestic energy production—while moving toward market-based solutions for sustainable energy sources.  The resolution draws on the House Republicans’ American Energy Initiative, which seeks to advance an all-of-the-above energy approach for the United States

Conversation in the Farm Bill

On February 7, 2014, President Obama signed Agriculture Act of 2014 into law.  This bill, more commonly referred to as “the farm bill,” was a bipartisan agreement reached between the House and Senate to reauthorize farm and nutrition programs through the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018.  Included in this farm bill is the reauthorization of conservation programs that are important to our environment, including the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), and the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  Additionally, this bill consolidates numerous smaller conservation initiatives into these larger programs in order to reduce duplicative efforts and increase efficiency.  Lastly, this farm bill ties conservation compliance standards to crop insurance eligibility, ensuring that producers implement approved conservation plans for any highly erodible lands that are being used to produce crops.  I voted in favor of the Agriculture Act of 2014, and I commend Chairman Lucas and the rest of the conference committee for their work on developing this agreement.

Asian Carp

Many catfish farms began using Asian carp in the 1970s as a means of effectively removing algae and other build-up affecting overall pond function. Unfortunately, due to the large flooding in the area during the 1990s, many of the catfish farm ponds overflowed and released the Asian carp into nearby streams and the Mississippi River Basin. The carp have since made their way up the Mississippi River, competing with indigenous fish for resources and endangering local ecosystems.

Congress has already acted on this issue and is working with the Army Corps of Engineers in association with the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration to provide funding and assistance for mitigating the effects that Asian carp are having on the Great Lakes.

As part of the legislation providing funding for the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year, HR 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, Congress approved – with my support - $3.5 million to help stop the spread of Asian Carp into the Great Lakes.  Rest assured that as Congress continues to examine the ramifications of Asian Carp and possible solutions, I will continue to be actively engaged in this issue.

Protecting the Great Lakes

The Great Lakes are one of Wisconsin’s greatest natural resources. They contain nearly 20 percent of the world’s freshwater and supply more than 30 million Americans with their daily drinking water. It is absolutely essential that we make every effort to protect this treasured resource for future generations of Wisconsinites.

As you may know, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is charged with cleaning up toxins and areas of concerns, combating invasive species, promoting healthy waterways, restoring wetlands and other habitats, and working with a variety of partners to protect and preserve the Great Lakes.  As part of the legislation that funds the federal government for the remainder of the fiscal year, HR 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which passed with my support in December 2013, Congress funded the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at $300 million – the full requested level.    

Sportsmen’s Issues

During the 113th Congress, I serve as an active member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus.  I am happy to serve in this capacity and believe in supporting policies that help sportsmen and women. Consisting of more than 300 members of Congress, the Caucus promotes and helps pass legislation that affects sportsmen. This includes issues related to conservation efforts, gun rights, and other fishing and hunting-related concerns.

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Washington, DC Office
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  • Washington, DC 20515
  • Phone: (202) 225-3031
  • Fax: (202) 225-3393
Janesville Office
20 South Main Street
Phone: (608) 752-4050
Suite 10
Fax: (608) 752-4711
Janesville, WI 53545
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Kenosha Office
5031 7th Avenue
Phone: (262) 654-1901
Kenosha, WI 53140
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Racine Office
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Phone: (262) 637-0510
Racine, WI 53403
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