COOL repeal bill expected on floor today,TPA maybe on Friday |

COOL repeal bill expected on floor today,TPA maybe on Friday

The House of Representatives is expected to take up the bill to repeal country-of-origin labeling for beef, pork, and chicken today, and may take up the bill to provide trade promotion authority to President Barack Obama on Friday.

The rule on COOL is expected to come up on the floor about noon today, with debate and the vote to follow, a knowledgeable House source told The Hagstrom Report late Tuesday.

The COOL repeal bill would amend the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to repeal country-of-origin labeling requirements for beef, pork, and chicken. The World Trade Organization recently ruled that the U.S. program of country-of-origin labeling for beef and pork discriminates against Canadian and Mexican producers.

Advocates urge quick passage in order to avoid Canadian and Mexican retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products, while COOL supporters say that Congress should wait until the World Trade Organization has determined what level of retaliation would be allowed. (For information on the rule and the bill, see links.)

TPA may come up Friday, but only if supporters of TPA are confident they have the votes to pass the bill, Washington Trade Daily reported today.

In another sign that the vote is near, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and opponents have scheduled a news conference today.

The financing of trade adjustment assistance is still a subject of debate, with no resolution, WTD said.

–The Hagstrom Report

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