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AMI, Industry Launch Grassroots Campaign to Reverse Packer Ownership Ban

Tuesday, January 29, 2002

The Senate anticipates reviving its Farm Bill debate the week of February 11th. AMI today launched a grassroots campaign to strip the Johnson Amendment banning packer ownership from the Farm Bill, instead replacing it with an economic impact study.

"We are convinced that once the sweeping and devastating impacts of the Johnson Amendment are made clear, most level-headed senators would agree that a study is a far more prudent approach," said AMI President J. Patrick Boyle.

Sen. Larry Craig (R-ID), who himself voted for the Johnson Amendment December 13, 2001, is sponsoring an amendment to strip the Johnson language and replace it with a nine-month USDA study. In a December 19, 2001, Senate floor statement, he said, "It has come to my attention that (the bill) would prohibit forward contracting, future contracts and other pricing mechanisms. This is significant information. Indeed, had I known it at the time of the vote, I would have voted differently."

AMI is urging its members to write to their Senators and ask them to strip the Johnson Amendment and replace it with the Craig Amendment. AMI members may send an electronic letter to their Senators by clicking here http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=GrassrootsActivities&NavMenuID=300&template=Grassroots/issueDisplay.cfm&GrassRootsID=31.
All subscribers may view AMI's talking points against the Johnson Amendment by clicking here http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=IndustryStructure&NavMenuID=227&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=463.
To view the December 13, 2001, roll-call vote on the Johnson Amendment, click here http://www.senate.gov/legislative/vote1071/vote_00367.html.
To view the Johnson Amendment, click here http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=IndustryStructure&NavMenuID=227&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=465.
To view the Craig Amendment, click here http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=IndustryStructure&NavMenuID=227&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=464.

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