On behalf of the United States Chamber of Commerce, Sean Heather, Senior Vice President, opposed the beef market law and the cattle price and transparency law proposed in a blog published on July 12. “Several pending bills dramatically address the federal role in the meat market to counter rising meat prices and ensure that all parts of the supply chain benefit from those prices. It will expand, “Heather said.
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In particular, the Meat and Poultry Special Investigators Act will establish a new department within the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to monitor competition, and the Act on Price Discovery and Transparency of Cattle will be national to USDA. This will give important new authority to control the sale of cattle. Unfortunately, both bills will harm consumers and limit competition.
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The North American Meat Research Institute (NAMI) has also recently announced the rejection of the pending bill. The groups agreed that the Special Investigators Act would create a redundant new office that would be a duplicate of the existing USDA office. The bill has passed the Senate Agricultural Commission and is awaiting further approval by the Senate.