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 Praises House Passage of Jobs Bills
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WASHINGTON – Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2682, the Business Mitigation and Price Stabilization Act and H.R. 2779, in a bipartisan vote, 370-24 and 357-36, respectively.
"These are common sense bills that ensure the very businesses we're relying on to add jobs to the economy are not needlessly subject to new regulations that harm job-creating efforts. H.R. 2682 recognizes that end-users use swaps to hedge against risk and they should be able to continue that practice without costly margin requirements. H.R. 2779 acknowledges that affiliate swaps do not pose systemic risk, and provides a clear exemption from redundant regulatory requirements. Combined these two bills represent sound policy to encourage job creation and economic growth," said Chairman Frank D. Lucas.