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American Farm Bureau Supports SCOTUS nominee

Washington—The American Farm Bureau welcomed the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump and is calling on Congress to confirm the nomination. AFBF Senior Counsel for Public Policy Danielle Quist says Gorsuch’s approach to law will benefit farmers and ranchers.

“He looks very closely at what the words of the Constitution or federal statutes and regulations, what they actually say, in a very plain-meaning, ordinary type of way, and that’s how he interprets the law. That’s a breath of fresh air on the federal bench and very much in line with Justice Scalia’s approach to legal problems as well,” said Quist.

Quist says Gorsuch’s record shows a healthy skepticism of the complex and burdensome regulations that farmers and ranchers deal with.

“He’s not quick to defer to how the government interprets the laws they’re supposed to execute. He looks closely at the laws--what does Congress say?--and he interprets those laws, rather than deferring to what federal departments and agencies believe the interpretation should be. And that’s the way it should be, that’s what our courts are supposed to do, interpret the laws as written,” said Quist.

She says Congress needs to confirm Gorsuch to the Supreme Court quickly.

“There’s not been a full court now for over a year and there’s been many cases that have not been taken by the Supreme Court. We have some very important cases coming up, including the question on jurisdiction under the Waters of the U.S. rule and we need to get someone into the Supreme Court quickly,” said Quist.

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