Today, Rep. K. Michael Conaway (R-TX), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement regarding legislation introduced by Senator Hoeven (R-ND) and Senator Stabenow (D-MI) that ties repeal of country of origin labeling (COOL) to both the elimination of existing market driven programs and the establishment of a so-called voluntary country of origin (COOL) labeling program for beef, pork, and chicken. This new voluntary program would operate under similar rules as the program found to violate U.S. international trade rules.
The Ag Minute: America Speaking Out Gives Citizens a Voice in Building a Governing Agenda
Tamara Hinton (202) 225-0184
WASHINGTON – This week during The Ag Minute, Ranking Member Frank Lucas discusses the introduction of America Speaking Out, an effort by House Republicans to engage the American people in the process of building a policy agenda for America. Through America Speaking Out, the American people will be given a voice in setting the priorities for Congress.
Click here to listen to The Ag Minute. The transcript is below.
"Recently, I discussed the many challenges that our farmers and ranchers face today.
"They range from the threat of cap and tax and the EPA to the burden of more regulation and bureaucracy.
"The reason for these challenges is simple. There is an incredible disconnect between the priorities of the American people and the agenda of the Obama administration and the Democratic leadership in Congress.
"Those in charge continue to ignore the concerns of the American people.
"That’s why my Republican colleagues in the House are engaging Americans all across the country and giving them a voice in creating the agenda for Congress.
"The effort is called America Speaking Out. And, it puts the American people in charge. You have the opportunity to weigh in on what our priorities should be in Washington and what policies we should be pursuing.
"I urge you to go the website (AmericaSpeakingOut.com) and join the discussion on how we can solve some of our nation’s most pressing problems."
The Ag Minute is Ranking Member Lucas's weekly radio address that is released every week from the House Agriculture Committee Republicans.