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Defunding of USDA's Finalizing the GIPSA Marketing Rule to Stay in FY2012 House Appropriations Bill
Thu, 16 Jun 2011 06:33:53 CDT
It now appears the defunding of USDA's finalizing the so called GIPSA Rule Changes for the marketing of livestock in the US will not be challenged by a floor vote as the full US House works on the Fiscal Year 2012 Ag Appropriations bill that will fund the USDA and the Food and Drug Administration beginning October 1, 2011.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes on the GIPSA Rule with Colin Woodall and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur
On today's Beef Buzz, we hear from Colin Woodall, Vice President of Government Affairs for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Woodall offers an update from the NCBA perspective about the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration's (GIPSA) proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing. Woodall says the U.S. House of Representatives will likely vote on the 2012 agriculture appropriations bill as early as this afternoon, which includes language to defund the proposed GIPSA rule.
Late Wednesday evening, Ohio Democrat Marcy Kaptur took to the House floor and spoke against the section of the bill that directs the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration to suspend rulemaking on the GIPSA rule. She accused the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association of intimidating and harassing supporters of the proposal, which was first unveiled by GIPSA a year ago.
Kaptur elected to not push an amendment that would have called for the House to restore funding to the USDA budget that would allow GIPSA to proceed with the implementation of the measure. She appears to be confident that the Senate will restore funding to USDA for this effort- and that the next battle will be in a conference committee between the two legislative bodies as they hammer out the final differences later this summer.
On today's Beef buzz, we hear from both Woodall as well as from Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.
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