July 27, 2007
July 27, 2007 - On Friday, the U.S. House passed its version of the Farm Bill
with a vote of 231 to 191.
"This marks the first time the full House has
approved language allowing interstate shipment of state-inspected meat," related
Peter Orwick, ASI executive Director.
The House took up the Farm Bill on
Thursday and worked into the night on the legislation forwarded from the
Committee on Agriculture the prior week. U.S. Representatives rejected the
amendment to the Farm Bill, offered by Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.), which would have
phased out commodity programs. The measure failed on a 117 to 309 vote.
"The sheep industry greatly appreciates Chairman Collin Peterson's
leadership in securing approval of farm legislation under difficult
circumstances and tight finances," stated Orwick
On the Senate side,
Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Chairman Tom Harkin told industry
representatives that his committee will produce its bill in September.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33