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H.R. 2744. Appropriations/Agriculture/Vote on Amendment Not to Delay Implementation of Rule Requiring that Meat Products Be Labeled with Their Country-of-Origin.
house Roll Call 231     Jun 08, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House rejected an amendment offered by Denny Rehberg (R-MT) to strip from H.R. 2744 language that would delay for a year the implementation of a rule requiring that meat products be labeled with their country-of-origin. H.R. 2744 was a bill to make appropriations for (fund) the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration for fiscal year 2006 (FY06). Taking the Progressive position, Rehberg argued that the public has increasing interest in knowing where its meat comes from, particularly in light of recent cases of "mad-cow disease." Progressives also asserted that labeling would encourage brand-loyalty for U.S. meat products. The majority of Republicans and some Democrats disagreed, stating that requiring the labeling would force the price of retail beef to climb, thereby hurting the beef industry. "Good, salt-of-the-earth people in agriculture know that this would impose up to $1 billion in additional costs to their already overworked people and to their budgets, which are already being taxed." (Henry Bonilla (R-TX).) Bonilla also noted: "Nothing could be more anti free enterprise than to mandate labeling on a product." Republicans also contended that this provision imposed a heavy burden of liability on retailers. Moreover, they argued, a delay was needed to ensure that the regulations were properly implemented. The House defeated Progressives on this amendment by a vote of 187 to 240, with 52 Democrats crossing party lines to vote "no" with Republicans, and 41 Republicans choosing to vote "yes" with Progressives. Thus, the language delaying the implementation of a rule requiring that meat products be labeled with their country of origin remained in the bill.

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