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What stand does NCBA take on this, and what are your opinions?

RE: Urgent: Support for amendment to block Japan imports



Background: Today, Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) filed an amendment to the Agriculture Appropriations bill, H.R.2744, which would prohibit the use of funds for developing a rule with respect to the importation of beef from Japan.



As you know, USDA printed a proposed rule in the August 18, 2005 Federal Register entitled, “Importation of Whole Cuts of Boneless Beef from Japan.” The amendment would prevent the proposed rule to be finalized unless Japan has granted open access to Japanese markets for U.S. beef.



Action: Call your Senators ASAP and ask them to co-sponsor and support this amendment. Votes could be scheduled as early as tomorrow morning. Therefore it would be good to make the calls as soon as possible today and first thing tomorrow.
 

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SEP. 20 2:35 P.M. ET Angry with Japan for refusing to lift a mad cow-related ban on U.S. beef, senators retaliated Tuesday by voting to retain a ban on Japanese beef.

Once the biggest customer of American beef, importing more than $1.5 billion's worth in 2003, Japan has refused to allow the purchase of U.S. beef since the first U.S. case of mad cow disease was confirmed in December 2003. Last fall, Japan agreed to lift the ban but still hasn't done so.

In June, U.S. authorities confirmed a second domestic case in a Texas-born cow. Japan, in contrast, has found 20 cases of mad cow disease. U.S. regulators proposed last month to partially lift the ban on Japanese beef.


Japan's stalling is "just unfair," said Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb.
"There have been two cases of mad cow disease in the United States, one from Canada," Nelson said in a Senate speech. "Statistically, it's nonexistent, in terms of the millions of head of cattle that are sent to slaughter every year."

Senators adopted, on a 72-26 vote, an amendment by Nelson prohibiting importation of Japanese beef until Japan lifts its ban on U.S. beef. They adopted a similar, nonbinding measure by Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo., on a voice vote.

The Senate vote came during debate on an annual spending bill for agriculture, food and drug programs. Senators also were debating emergency food assistance for victims of Hurricane Katrina.
 

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Once the biggest customer of American beef, importing more than $1.5 billion's worth in 2003, Japan has refused to allow the purchase of U.S. beef since the first U.S. case of mad cow disease was confirmed in December 2003. Last fall, Japan agreed to lift the ban but still hasn't done so.

And what are the imports of Japanese beef into the US?? Politics are being played here. And who has the most to lose?

Kind of sounds like the US/Canadian border deal going on.

Quote, heard from a US Senator, "we're not going to let your 5000 pounds of beef in, if you don't let us sell you our 500, 000 pounds of beef, we don't care if we owe you millions." "nope, it does not even matter that people in N.O don't have food!!

Keep playing! Food safety allusions will bury you! The Japanese are not stupid business people.
 

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Support for R-CALF USA’s Stance on Japanese Beef Imports



(Washington, D.C.) – Recent efforts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to reopen the United States to imports of Japanese beef suffered a significant blow in the U.S. Senate this morning. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., introduced Senate Amendment 1732 to the 2006 agriculture appropriations bill (H.R. 2744) brought forth by the U.S. House of Representatives, and senators today voted 72-26 in favor of the move.



This particular amendment relates to the agricultural appropriations bill now under consideration by Congress and prohibits Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns from spending any appropriation funds whatsoever “for the purpose of developing a final rule relating to the proposed rule entitled ‘Importation of Whole Cuts of Boneless Beef from Japan,’ dated August 18, 2005 (70 Fed. Reg. 48494), to allow the importation of beef from Japan, unless the President certifies to Congress that Japan has granted open access to Japanese markets for beef and beef products produced in the United States.”



Trade must be based on fair play, and free trade must include a vision of fair trade, said Nelson in part of his comments on the floor. He noted that in beef states, cattle outnumber people 4-1, and that nationally, the cattle and beef industries have an annual economic impact of $175 billion that involves approximately 800,000 ranchers running about 94.9 million head of cattle, and another 1.4 million related jobs in the beef industry. These figures translate into business conducted in nearly each and every county in the nation, Nelson continued. He also reminded fellow senators that in 2003, the last year Japan accepted beef and beef variety meats from the U.S., those products were worth $1.4 billion to the U.S. economy.



“It’s important to recognize . . . R-CALF USA’s statement on the USDA’s proposed rule that is subject to my amendment,” Nelson said. “On August 22, R-CALF USA stated that this is an example of ‘USDA tilting the playing field away from independent U.S. cattle producers by continuing to give market access before we gain market access.’ Mr. President, I would ask that R-CALF USA’s entire statement be entered into the record.”



Nelson recently co-authored a letter with U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne, R-Neb., to Johanns, urging the Secretary to delay the proposed rule until such time that Japan completes its process and accepts beef from the United States. Other senators also recently wrote Johanns asking him to hold off on Japanese beef imports, emphasizing that U.S. ranchers and rural communities cannot continue to bear the economic uncertainty resulting from bad international Those individuals included: Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.; Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho; Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont.; Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colo.; Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb.; Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo.; and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.



“Unfortunately, bipartisan letters of support have not been able to resolve this issue,” said Nelson. “A congressional response is warranted that includes a strong statement that prematurely allowing Japan any access to our markets is simply unacceptable.



“I see (this amendment) as simply as applying the same policy as Japan has in place against U.S. beef, . . . by sending Japan a clear message that senators from beef-producing states and our neighboring states aren’t going to drop this matter,” Nelson emphasized. “Our beef is the safest and highest quality in the world . . . and if they want to sell beef here, then they need to let us sell beef there.”



“On the stage of global beef trade, so much is at stake here for our independent U.S. cattle producers, and our members want to express deep gratitude to the senators who recognize that point and chose this morning to send a crystal clear message to Secretary Johanns and the Administration that trade policies must be reformed to benefit domestic producers before we just give the whole store away with nothing in return,” said R-CALF USA President and Co-Founder Leo McDonnell. “We look forward to working with Congress on this matter and other issues that continue to affect independent U.S. cattle producers.”



Note: Results of today’s vote follow. Also, on Monday, R-CALF USA submitted formal comments on this proposed rule. To view, go to: www.r-calfusa.com and click “BSE-Litigation.”



Final Vote Count: 72 Yeas 26 Nays



Alabama:
Sessions (R-AL), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Yea

Alaska:
Murkowski (R-AK), Nay
Stevens (R-AK), Nay

Arizona:
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Nay

Arkansas:
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea

California:
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea

Colorado:
Allard (R-CO), Nay
Salazar (D-CO), Nay

Connecticut:
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Lieberman (D-CT), Yea

Delaware:
Biden (D-DE), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea

Florida:
Martinez (R-FL), Nay
Nelson (D-FL), Yea

Georgia:
Chambliss (R-GA), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay

Hawaii:
Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Inouye (D-HI), Nay

Idaho:
Craig (R-ID), Yea
Crapo (R-ID), Yea

Illinois:
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Obama (D-IL), Yea

Indiana:
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Nay

Iowa:
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Harkin (D-IA), Yea

Kansas:
Brownback (R-KS), Yea
Roberts (R-KS), Yea

Kentucky:
Bunning (R-KY), Nay
McConnell (R-KY), Nay

Louisiana:
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Yea

Maine:
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Snowe (R-ME), Yea

Maryland:
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Sarbanes (D-MD), Yea

Massachusetts:
Kennedy (D-MA), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Yea

Michigan:
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea

Minnesota:
Coleman (R-MN), Yea
Dayton (D-MN), Yea

Mississippi:
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Lott (R-MS), Nay

Missouri:
Bond (R-MO), Yea
Talent (R-MO), Yea

Montana:
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Burns (R-MT), Yea

Nebraska:
Hagel (R-NE), Nay
Nelson (D-NE), Yea

Nevada:
Ensign (R-NV), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea

New Hampshire:
Gregg (R-NH), Nay
Sununu (R-NH), Nay

New Jersey:
Corzine (D-NJ), Not Voting
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea

New Mexico:
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Domenici (R-NM), Yea

New York:
Clinton (D-NY), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea

North Carolina:
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Dole (R-NC), Nay

North Dakota:
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Yea

Ohio:
DeWine (R-OH), Yea
Voinovich (R-OH), Yea

Oklahoma:
Coburn (R-OK), Yea
Inhofe (R-OK), Yea

Oregon:
Smith (R-OR), Yea
Wyden (D-OR), Yea

Pennsylvania:
Santorum (R-PA), Yea
Specter (R-PA), Yea

Rhode Island:
Chafee (R-RI), Nay
Reed (D-RI), Yea

South Carolina:
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Graham (R-SC), Yea

South Dakota:
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Yea

Tennessee:
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Frist (R-TN), Nay

Texas:
Cornyn (R-TX), Yea
Hutchison (R-TX), Yea

Utah:
Bennett (R-UT), Nay
Hatch (R-UT), Nay

Vermont:
Jeffords (I-VT), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea

Virginia:
Allen (R-VA), Yea
Warner (R-VA), Yea

Washington:
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea

West Virginia:
Byrd (D-WV), Yea
Rockefeller (D-WV), Not Voting

Wisconsin:
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea

Wyoming:
Enzi (R-WY), Yea
Thomas (R-WY), Yea





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R-CALF USA (Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America) represents thousands of U.S. cattle producers on domestic and international trade and marketing issues. R-CALF USA, a national, non-profit organization, is dedicated to ensuring the continued profitability and viability of the U.S. cattle industry. R-CALF USA’s membership consists primarily of cow-calf operators, cattle backgrounders, and feedlot owners. Its members – over 18,000 strong – are located in 47 states, and the organization has over 60 local and state association affiliates, from both cattle and farm organizations. Various main street businesses are associate members of R-CALF USA. For more information, visit www.r-calfusa.com or, call 406-252-2516.
 

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Nelson emphasized. “Our beef is the safest and highest quality in the world . .

Is Nelson lying too, Tam?
 

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Sandhusker said:
Nelson emphasized. “Our beef is the safest and highest quality in the world . .

Is Nelson lying too, Tam?

Gee a politican lieing what's next? :shock: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

Sandhusker how can you or Nelson claim this when your beloved R-CALF has the regulatory agency that is in charge of the safety of your beef in court proving what a horrible job they are doing? They are also in the Media telling them that the regulatory agency and the industry that processes your so called "safest and highest quality in the world" beef "don't care about food safety". Which story are we to believe this week Sandhusker? Does the USDA and the Packers care enough to safeguard and produce that worlds safest beef or DON"T THEY? And Sandhusker how can you have the safest beef in the world when, also by your beloved R-CALF, "all beef coming from a country affected by BSE is tainted and a genuine risk of death." Remember the TEXAS COW. Bite when R-CALF words contradict your claims doesn't it? The problem I see is you better shut R-CALF up if you want anyone to believe that you do have what you say you do. :roll:
 

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Murgen said:
Once the biggest customer of American beef, importing more than $1.5 billion's worth in 2003, Japan has refused to allow the purchase of U.S. beef since the first U.S. case of mad cow disease was confirmed in December 2003. Last fall, Japan agreed to lift the ban but still hasn't done so.

And what are the imports of Japanese beef into the US?? Politics are being played here. And who has the most to lose?

Kind of sounds like the US/Canadian border deal going on.

Quote, heard from a US Senator, "we're not going to let your 5000 pounds of beef in, if you don't let us sell you our 500, 000 pounds of beef, we don't care if we owe you millions." "nope, it does not even matter that people in N.O don't have food!!

Keep playing! Food safety allusions will bury you! The Japanese are not stupid business people.

So Murgen, how much beef is Canada taking from Japan, or don't you want that market?
 

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Canada does not import beef from Japan, because they are higher risk, and they have only had feedbans in place for about four years. (OIE standards)

Canada is not standing on a pulpit for the world to see, saying "we'll take yours if you take ours" "but food safety is our number one concern!"

We are saying, here are the OIE guidelines, we are following them, have for eight years, and we will trade with others that also follow them.

That's a lot different than what the US has done.
 

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