National Chicken Council Thanks Congress for Pulling the Plug on GIPSAFri, 18 Nov 2011 05:09:13 CST
National Chicken Council President Mike Brown issued this statement on Thursday evening after Congress had approved the FY2012 Ag Appropriations Bill, which includes restrictions on the work that USDA may do on the unresolved parts of the GIPSA Rule first proposed in June 2010:
"The National Chicken Council is grateful for the swift congressional action in passing the FY12 agriculture apporiations bill, which includes restrictions on implementation of the GIPSA proposed livestock and poultry marketing rule. We applaud Congress for their strong bipartisan support in recognizing that USDA's actions during the rule making process exceeded congressional intent and for affirming that portions of this rule would have allowed harmful government interference in the private market for livestock and poultry.
"This latest action by Congress is a culmination of the bipartisan concerns expressed by both chambers since the proposed rule was issued last year.
"We look forward to the president signing this bill and we will carefully review the details of the Final Rule when available, including the estimated cost, and offering the chicken industry's perspective during the comment period."
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