The bill introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) would propose a nationwide ban until the EPA studies whether these neonicotinoids are responsible for killing off bees.
"It is critical and extremely necessary that we immediately begin to examine the death of honey bees and quickly take action to secure our food supply system."
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), a co-sponsor of the bill, said bees play a vital role in agriculture as pollinators, and that Congress must act quickly to protect their population.
"Pollinators are not only vital to a sustainable environment, but key to a stable food supply," Blumenauer said. "When incidents like the alarming mass bee die-off of in Wilsonville, Oregon, occur, it is imperative that we take a step back to make sure we understand all the factors involved and move swiftly to prevent similar tragedies from happening in the future."