Our nation has made great strides toward preserving our environment and has arguably the most comprehensive and protective environmental standards in the world, but we must do more.
What we need is more common sense combined with the ingenuity of our nation's businesses. The resourcefulness of our nation's working people is a far better tool to accomplish any goal than the legions of bureaucrats in Washington. Congress and government agencies must use a tailored approach to each environmental issue and consider the economic impacts of proposed policies upon everyone involved. Furthermore, programs must include enough flexibility to be implemented in an efficient and effective manner.
The bottom line is that we need policies which encourage investment in environmentally sound, cost-effective practices without stifling innovation and setting our economy back. While Washington may develop the guidelines, we need to get the government out of the way, and let local people get the job done.
I am a strong advocate and supporter of our national parks, including the Shenandoah National Park. In the 112th Congress, I introduced H. Con. Res 62 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the dedication of Shenandoah National Park.
I am a member of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, Congressional Appalachian Caucus, House Recycling Caucus, Congressional Trails Caucus, National Parks Caucus, and the Sportsmen’s Caucus.