Sen. Tom Carper, D-Delaware, top Democrat on the Environment and Public Works Committee joined Ben Cardin, D-Maryland, senior member of EPW, and 36 colleagues in a letter urging congress to oppose controversial anti-environment policy riders, as bicameral conferees work to reconcile Senate- and House-passed versions of the Farm Bill.

The current Farm Bill will expire Oct. 1.

“The Senate Farm Bill is the product of thoughtful, bipartisan negotiations, which resulted in a historic vote in favor of the bill’s passage,” the senators wrote. “Unfortunately, the House Farm Bill contains a number of damaging anti-environment provisions that now make meeting the upcoming reauthorization deadline exceedingly difficult. Avoiding controversial provisions that erode landmark environmental laws could pave the way to an on-time and widely supported reauthorization of the Farm Bill. Including environmental riders in the conference committee’s deliberations will undoubtedly yield a partisan and protracted process that will prolong uncertainty for stakeholders and may ultimately produce a conference report that lacks the requisite votes for passage.”

The full text of the letter is available at