Democratic Lawmaker Blasts USDA Over COOL- Calls It a FailureFri, 02 May 2014 06:03:01 CDT
Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling is not strictly a partisan issue- as one of the Democratic members of the House Ag Committee called the current rule that the USDA put into place one year ago a failure. Those comments were made by the ranking member of the House Ag Committee's subcommittee on Livestock Issues, Congressman Jim Costa of California.
Costa grew up on a dairy farm and is still involved in the cattle business. He blasted the administration for staying with the COOL rule that he fully expects will be ruled trade distorting by the WTO later this year- which will set the stage for Canada and Mexico to bring economic sanctions into play against a variety of U.S. goods, including beef and pork.
Congressman Costa used his opening remarks time in this week's Subcommittee Hearing on the state of the Livestock Industry to rail against COOL as well as what he calls misguided GIPSA rules- and followed up with questions for USDA Chief Economist Joe Glauber on these issues.
His opening rant about the COOL rule is featured on this Beef Buzz.
In addition, click here for our earlier webstory about the hearing and a chance to hear Dr. Glauber's testimony and his interaction with the Chairman of that subcommittee, Rick Crawford of Arkansas.
The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.
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