Congressman Ted Yoho

Representing the 3rd District of Florida
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Yoho Votes to Repeal Country of Origin Labeling Requirements for Beef, Pork, and Chicken

May 20, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) voted to approve the bipartisan bill - H.R. 2393 –that will repeal country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and chicken. The bill amends the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, while leaving intact the requirements for all other covered commodities.  It passed out of the House Committee on Agriculture with a strong bipartisan vote of 38-6. Congressman Yoho gave the following statement after his vote.

“Today’s bipartisan committee vote is a step in the right direction for America’s farmers, ranchers, and consumers. Repealing COOL requirements will restore stability and help erase the uncertainty for our agriculture sector while easing tension with our two closest allies and trading partners; Canada and Mexico.

“The COOL amendment was challenged by Canada and Mexico in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the U.S. lost on four different occasions. COOL does not add to consumer safety but is a government mandated marketing program. The role of government is to make sure the food we eat is safe and wholesome. That is what the USDA stamp of approval represents to us, the consumer.

“I am happy the committee came together in a bipartisan way to address this issue. Now, we will work alongside Chairman Conaway to get this bill to the House floor for final passage.”