R-CALF USA on passage of 2015 ag spending bill

R-CALF USA CEO Bill Bullard issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee’s passage of the FY 2015 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.

“Today the majority of U.S. Representatives on the House Appropriations Committee have demonstrated their loyalty to the multinational meatpackers and their disdain for U.S. farmers and ranchers by passing what amounts to an amnesty bill for packers. The majority not only supported language that insulates meatpackers from any accountability for engaging in abusive buying tactics that force independent producers out of business, but they actually voted to defeat an amendment that would have made it unlawful for meatpackers to retaliate against independent producers for registering a complaint with their member of Congress.

“There is no better indicator of a totally dysfunctional Congress than when members of Congress actually vote to support retaliation against U.S. family farmers and ranchers, which is exactly what the House majority did today in their Appropriations Committee.

“Our only chance of preserving open and fair competition in our U.S. livestock markets is for the U.S. Senate to flatly reject this House passed anti-farmer and anti-rancher language in the Appropriations Conference Committee.”