Senate Ag Panel Expected to Vote Wednesday on Controversial Cattle and Meat Measures


By Jim Wiesemeyer, Drovers  

June 20, 2022


Cattle measures likely to get Senate Ag panel votes.


Up for expected tallies Wednesday are S 3870, the Meat and Poultry Special Investigator Act of 2022 and S 4030, the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act of 2022. Both bills are expected to clear the panel, but with some expected Republican opposition. It is unclear if the measure will have at least 60 votes on the full Senate floor to get halt any debate.


It will be interesting to see the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) cost estimates if the measured reach Senate floor debate. The bills enjoy support, however, from key farm state Republicans such as Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).


“I don’t intend to stop until these bills become law,” Grassley has stated. Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), ranking member on the Senate Ag Committee is “opposed to both and yet each individual senator, depending on their states, is going to have to decide how they’re going to vote. When you get into agriculture, it’s not Democrats and Republicans. It’s more areas of the country and the particular product or the particular commodity” that determines a lawmaker’s actions, Boozman said.


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