HAGEDORN, WALZ DIFFER ON KEY AG BILL

May 20, 2015 | Press Release

HAGEDORN, WALZ DIFFER ON KEY AG BILL

Hagedorn: Walz vote against pork, beef producers shows he’s a part-time advocate for farmers.

Blue Earth – Republican First District congressional candidate Jim Hagedorn blasted incumbent Democrat Rep. Tim Walz for voting against bipartisan House Agriculture Committee legislation to repeal U.S. country of origin labeling requirements.

Walz’s controversial “no” vote was cast during today’s markup of H.R. 2393, legislation authored by House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conway (R-TX) to repeal country of origin labeling for pork, beef and chicken.  Walz was part of a tiny minority, as H.R. 2393 passed the Committee 38-6, with many Democrats supporting the bipartisan measure.  The bill now moves to the House floor for consideration.

The World Trade Organization has repeatedly branded U.S. country of origin labeling rules as “out of compliance” and an unfair trade practice vis-à-vis Canada and Mexico.  Chairman Conway and other leaders believe repeal of the so called COOL rules is needed to circumvent the imposition of tariffs by Canada and Mexico against U.S. pork, beef and poultry products.

“I wholeheartedly support the House Agriculture Committee’s bill to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for pork, beef and chicken,” said Hagedorn.  “Congress must take all possible steps to avoid trade retaliation by Canada and Mexico, as export barriers aimed at U.S. agricultural interests would cause grave economic hardship, especially for southern Minnesota’s livestock farmers and rural communities,” he said.

“Tim Walz’s vote against the Agriculture Committee’s bipartisan bill (H.R. 2393) once again reveals that Mr. Walz is only a part-time advocate for southern Minnesota’s farmers and rural residents,” said Hagedorn.  “The First District is one of the largest pork producing districts in the United States, and yet our Congressman turns his back on his constituents.  Our farmers, along with all who depend upon a strong agricultural economy, deserve better.” said Hagedorn.

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