COOL Reform Coalition Applauds House Passage of HR 2393, Calls on Senate to Act Quickly

COOL Reform Coalition Applauds House Passage of HR 2393,  Calls on Senate to Act Quickly

Washington, DC - The COOL Reform Coalition, representing more than 100 companies and associations from a broad spectrum of industries, applauded last night's full House vote to pass HR 2393. The Country of Origin Labeling Amendments Act of 2015, introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conway (R-TX) and Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), passed with a vote of 300-131.     

While Congress took a major step towards effectively responding to the World Trade Organization's final ruling against the U.S. COOL requirements for muscle cuts of beef and pork, the Senate must act quickly to prevent irreparable harm to the U.S. economy.

Mexico and Canada are already moving towards instituting retaliatory tariffs that reportedly could reach as high as $3.6 billion in the first year. The House has taken a stand to protect the U.S. manufacturing and agricultural economies, and now the ball is the Senate's court. If the Senate fails to quickly do the same, Mexico and Canada will be free to enact retaliation as soon as late summer, threatening tens of thousands of American jobs. It would be inconceivable for the Senate to not act and allow the U.S. to remain in non-compliance with the WTO rules, especially as the U.S. was instrumental in writing them. 

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Spell Check

Gary Schmidt
Las Vegas, NV
6/29/2015 10:49 PM

  How about to hell with the WTO. Do your jobs for a change and do the will of the American people? I do not ever knowingly eat food that is not grown or raised in the USA

Tina Deraco
West Hollywood, CA
8/9/2015 01:38 PM

  We should back out of the WTO immediately! People tried to stop this; just like they are trying to stop the TPP, but our elected officials ignore us. They are so busy accepting bribes, they don't mind being owned for the almighty buck! By promoting the free trade agenda of multinational corporations above the interests of local communities, working families, and the environment, the WTO has systematically undermined democracy around the world. Now we are at the mercy of their sanctions. I'm appalled by the money changers in DC. This government is so corrupt. It's past time we clean house and take back our country before we are all on our knees to our corporate owners. I don't want to eat meat and guess what's in it, where it came from and how it was raised, fed and butchered. I want labels! Same goes with GMO's! And I sure as hell don't want my grand children to get this disgusting crap in school via subsidies or my elderly aunt being served unknowns in the care facility where she resides. SHAME ON YOU! I hope the Senate does rebel and we extricate ourselves from the WTO! They have infringed on every aspect of our lives and it won't get better; only worse!

Steve Harris
Pea Ridge, AR
6/29/2015 07:21 PM

  I, like most people...when it comes to what I consume (eat, drink, apply), feel more information about a product is a good thing. We have a dozen regulatory agencies that are supposed to be enforcing disclosure regulations...until Congress steps in and draws the shade... and tells us what we are entitled to know. I don't know about you...but I want to know where my food product is from before I put it in my mouth. The (once great) Country of America does not have enough Beef, Chicken or Pork here? Or is it certain people make a better profit selling it outside the U.S.A.? And because of that we are going to be forced to eat a product that is from ????? Of late America has been taking away our freedoms a little at a time. You people think we do not notice this? God Bless The USA, as it was before!


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