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AMI Encouraged By Letter of Concern About GIPSA Proposal From 115 House Members to Vilsack

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

(American Meat Institute)

The American Meat Institute (AMI) today said that it was encouraged by the strong letter of concern sent by 115 House lawmakers to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack about the proposed Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rule published June 22, 2010.

Signators to the October 1 bi-partisan letter included House Agriculture Committee Chairman Colin Peterson (D-MN), Ranking Minority Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), Rep. David Scott (D-GA) and Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX). 

The letter says that the proposed rule greatly exceeds the 2008 Farm Bill mandate and questions why the massive proposed rule was published without doing a thorough economic impact analysis. 

“The analysis contained in the proposed rule fails to demonstrate the need for the rule, assess the impact of its implementation on the marketplace or establish how the implementation of the rule would address the demonstrated need,” the letter read. 

“The proposed rule is sweeping in its scope and would have major consequences in the marketing of livestock and poultry for producers and processors of all sizes,” the lawmakers wrote.  “In order for Congress and the public to evaluate this rule and its implications with full transparency, a thorough economic analysis is necessary…We are asking USDA’s Office of the Chief Economist to provide such an analysis…”.

According to AMI President J. Patrick Boyle, the fact that more than one quarter of the U.S. House of Representatives has expressed concern about the rulemaking should give all lawmakers and the Administration pause.

“This rule clearly overreaches and attempts to do by bureaucratic fiat what eight circuit courts have rejected,” Boyle said.  “The fact that it also omits a thorough economic analysis has obviously caught the attention of lawmakers and we are encouraged that they are conveying their concerns to Secretary Vilsack.”

To read the letter in its entirety, click here: http://bit.ly/aE6BCR 



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