House Interstate Sales Bill Introduced

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On May 15, Reps. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced legislation (H.R. 2315) in the House to allow interstate sales of state-inspected meat and poultry. The bill is the same legislation they introduced last year (H.R. 6130). 

Interest and support for interstate meat sales legislation is growing in Congress. NASDA is leading a coalition of more than 70 organizations to push for passage of a bill this year. Both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have indicated interest in including interstate meat sales in the 2007 farm bill. 

There are 15 lawmakers who have already cosponsored H.R. 2315: Reps. Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.), Michael Conaway (R-Texas), Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.), Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Tom Petri (R-Wisc.), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), Jo Bonner (R-Ala.), Shelly Moore Capito (D-W.V.), Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo.), Steve King (R-Iowa), Jim Marshall (D-Ga.), Steven Pearce (R-N.M.), John Salazar (D-Colo.), and Mark Souder (R-Ind.). 

On March 29, Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) introduced H.R. 1760 which takes a different approach to allow interstate meat sales. The Kind bill now has nine cosponsors: Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.), Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), Jim Marshall (D-Ga.), Dave Obey (D-Wisc.), Tim Walz (D-Minn.), Nancy Boyda (D-Kan.), Steve Kagen (D-Wisc.), Gwen Moore (D-Wisc.), and Tom Petri (R-Wisc.). 

NASDA has created a special webpage with information about interstate meat sales legislation. It is located at (Contact: Charlie Ingram)

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Charlie Ingram