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.
Lucas Announces New GOP Members to Serve on the Agriculture Committee
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WASHINGTON – Today, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas announced the new Republican Members who are expected to serve on the Committee in the 113th Congress. The list has been recommended by the Republican Steering Committee and is expected to be officially adopted in January by the Republican Conference and the House.
"I am pleased to welcome our new Republican Members to the House Agriculture Committee. I look forward to working with all of them in the next Congress as we continue to ensure the health and vitality of production agriculture and rural economies," said Chairman Frank Lucas.
New Members joining the Committee: (in alphabetical order)
· Dan Benishek (MI-1)
· Chris Collins (NY-27)
· Rodney Davis (IL-13)
· Jeff Denham (CA-19)
· Richard Hudson (NC-8)
· Doug LaMalfa (CA-1)
· Ted Yoho (FL-3)