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Senators Push to Maintain COOL Funding

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

A bipartisan group of 32 Senators sent a letter this week to Senate Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) and Ranking Member Richard Shelby (R-AL), requesting that the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill not include any provisions "aimed at weakening or suspending COOL...." They argue that the World Trade Organization's (WTO) dispute resolution process should be allowed to reach a final conclusion.

From a process standpoint, the WTO panel is expected to release its final determination to the public during late October, which will trigger a 60-day window during which any party may appeal the decision.

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