Sasse Co-Sponsors Amendment to Repeal Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling

Amendment Protects Nebraska Agriculture From Tariffs

July 23, 2015

Today, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, co-sponsored an amendment to the highway bill to repeal mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork, and chicken. The amendment, introduced by Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), was filed shortly after Canada reiterated its position that only the Roberts Amendment would prevent $3 billion in retaliatory tariffs, likely including Nebraska beef, pork, and corn.

“Nebraskans deserve protection from retaliatory tariffs and that's exactly what this common-sense amendment provides," said Senator Sasse.

After winning cases at the World Trade Organization, Canada and Mexico will have the ability to impose potentially $3 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports each year. Today, after a different, pro-COOL amendment introduced by U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), was filed in the Senate, Canada noted that, if the Stabenow Amendment became law, U.S. exports would face $3 billion in tariffs.

"Nebraskans who work hard to feed the world are proud to export our corn, beef, and pork to Canada and Mexico and don't deserve to be targeted," continued Senator Sasse. "Congress is free to continue debating voluntary labeling programs but that should only happen once Nebraskans are no longer threatened with retaliatory tariffs."

The amendment was offered to the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy (DRIVE) Act, commonly known as the highway bill. Co-sponsors include Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.; John Boozman, R-Ark.; Richard Burr, R-N.C.; Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Cory Gardner, R-Colo.; David Perdue, R-Ga., James Risch, R-Idaho; and Thom Tillis, R-N.C.