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Livestock haulers continue to gain support from legislators with the House of Representatives working on a bill that would amend Electronic Logging Device (ELD) and hours of service rules.
On June 13, Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) introduced a bipartisan bill with Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) called the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act- H.R 6079.
Yoho, who is a veterinarian in Florida, took the lead on the TLAAS after a version of the same bill was supported by 11 Senators in late-May.
This week, from his perch on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., introduced a bill reforming federal regulation on how haulers transport livestock across the country.
Yoho and U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., unveiled the “Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act” which changes Hours of Service (HOS) regulations for haulers of livestock.
Washington, D.C. – Today Congressmen Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) and Collin C. Peterson (D-MN) introduced the bipartisan Transporting Livestock Across America Safely (TLAAS) Act- H.R 6079. This bill, supported by forty-five original co-sponsors, directly addresses the far-reaching Hours of Service (HOS) regulations for haulers of livestock.
Some might consider putting Congress on record for or against raw milk as an accomplishment, especially it the vote wasn’t close. An amendment to House Resolution 2 that sought to allow raw milk shipments between any of the 28 states where sales are legal went down 79-331.
It is thought to be the first up or down clean House floor vote on raw milk in the 154 years since pasteurization was invented to eliminate harmful bacteria.
WASHINGTON — Enough of this “pasteurization without representation,” protested Rep. Thomas Massie.
The Kentucky Republican wants to make it easier for small-scale farmers to sell raw milk, and his outrage spilled onto the House floor.
Massie, who has also tried to make it easier for small-scale farmers to sell beef, pork and lamb, got a chance May 18 to change federal law he considers too oppressive when it comes to what Americans eat and drink.
His bid failed, 79 to 331.
Washington D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) released the following statement after the House failed to pass the 2018 Farm Bill.
“Today is a sad day for America’s farmers and ranchers. I am disappointed that some of my Republican colleagues could not see the forest for the trees and my Democrat colleagues played politics with this vital piece of legislation.
The inherent tension in Washington, DC has long been between those who wish to maintain the existing status quo and those who push for disruption—and, thankfully, currently the distruptors are winning. DC has long been in need of reform, and the benefits of those reforms are manifestly clear: unemployment at historic lows, gross domestic product up, and small business optimism at near-record levels!
Gainesville, FL – Today, Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) released the following statement upon hearing Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement detailing eligibility for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) disaster program, 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP).
WASHINGTON - The House Agriculture Committee approved a group of 15 Republican amendments to the panel’s farm bill that would modify a crop insurance restriction while addressing broadband, biotechnology, organic food standards and other issues.
The GOP amendment package included one by Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., that would remove a provision in the bill barring participants in the Agriculture Risk Coverage program from also buying a relatively new type of crop insurance called a Margin Protection plan.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL), member of the House Agriculture Committee, issued the following statement after voting in favor of passing the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2) out of committee.