Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) sent a letter to Appropriations Committee Conferees urging the inclusion of S. 1500 with no sunset in any final conference agreement.

S. 1500 is the Senate companion proposal to H.R. 897, the Zika Vector Control Act, which would eliminate the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Pesticide General Permit.

"Pesticide use and application is already heavily regulated under FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act). This includes ensuring a pesticide's safety to water and the environment," the letter states. "The requirement of a NPDES permit is redundant, time-consuming, and a costly burden on our farmers, municipalities, and pest control professionals that provides no additional protections for our environment." 

This legislation has strong bipartisan support in both the Senate and the House. Read the letter...