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Border will not open March 7

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Feb 10, 2005
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North Dakota Senator (D) Kent Conrad Friday said the failure of the US Department of Agriculture to properly notify Congress of its intent to open the border to Canadian live cattle and beef trade, will result in a delay of the March 7 implementation.

Conrad made the comments in a release posted on his web site.

Senator Conrad found out about the Agriculture Department's failure to follow the law for rulemaking when he sought to file a "resolution of disapproval" that would overturn the USDA rule to open the border.

"We were promised by USDA that they had followed the letter of the law in writing this rule. We found out they had not followed the law when we attempted to file this 'resolution of disapproval,'" Senator Conrad said in a statement. "It is our belief that they cannot enact this rule until they go through the process that is required by law. This is a good development. The evidence is strong that Canada is failing to protect both consumers and the American beef industry."

Senator Conrad, a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, in the release said he has urged Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns to reconsider the "minimal risk" ruling, citing Canada's feed ban violations.

USDA has been unwilling to review its ruling.

Conrad's statement also indicated that a series of Canadian newspaper reports recently cited government tests that discovered animal tissue in more than half the "vegetable-only" cattle feed.

"This raises questions as to whether rules designed to prevent the feeding of cattle remains to other cattle the primary way in which mad cow disease is spread are being routinely violated in Canada," he said.

Senator Conrad's "resolution of disapproval" has been cosponsored by Senators Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Harry Reid (D-NV), Craig Thomas (R-WY), Pete Domenici (R-NM), Max Baucus (D-MT), Ken Salazar (D-CO), Tim Johnson (D-SD), and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM).
DTN - The Washington Insider reported that according to congressional sources, the Senate efforts to stop USDA from implementing its March 7 plan to reopen the border to Canadian cattle under the age of 30 months will not succeed.

If adopted by Congress, the "resolution of disapproval" proposed by Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and nine other senators, would nullify a USDA ruling designating Canada as a "minimal risk" region for BSE.

The senators will try to use the Congressional Review Act, which allows lawmakers to overturn an agency's rule with a joint resolution within 60 days of the rule's submission to Congress.

The procedure is rarely effective. To rescind a disputed regulation, both chambers must adopt a resolution and the president must sign it
I think we are talking about two different things. Well out to work, had a cat nap, and this posting takes 10 times longer than the other to do. :roll:
rancher...Senator Conrad, a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, in the release said he has urged Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns to reconsider the "minimal risk" ruling, citing Canada's feed ban violations

I don,t think he has much room to talk considering some of the known U.S feed violations.
I email CFIA to find out where the imported feed had come from that was found to have some of the same undeclared Animal proteins and the email back said they came from the US and France we heard that it was human hair in the french sample but we never did hear what was in the US samples. The samples from Canada came from plants that the CFIA said they inspected and if anything was required to clean up a problem it was done and the plants were reinspected for compliance. But with the US plants they couldn't even tell the US authorities where they were because of the new privacy act. All they would say is they were told the problem would be taken care of but they had no way to inspect to see if it really was cleaned up.
There was no rule violation. First, notification occurred when the rule was filed in the Federal Register. Second, the USDA has records of notification on January 4. agman

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