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R-CALF Thanks Senators for Vote of Confidence

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U.S. Cattle Producers Again Thank Senators
for Keeping Constituent Interests as No. 1 Priority

(Billings, Mont.) – R-CALF USA wants to again thank publicly U.S. Senators who, last Thursday, by a vote of 52-46, opposed efforts by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prematurely reopen the Canadian border to live cattle and additional beef products.

The measure, Senate Joint Resolution 4, is a Joint Resolution of Disapproval, which now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration.

"We sincerely appreciate the many Senators who stood up to make certain that the Canadian border did not reopen today, as the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had planned," said Bill Bullard, R-CALF USA CEO. "To reopen that border at this point in time is dangerously premature. There are potential risks to U.S. consumers and the U.S. cattle herd that must be addressed before serious consideration can be given to re-establishing imports from our northern neighbors."

Canada has had four cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in less than two years, and two of those cases were announced in the last two months.

"In 1989, the United States established regulations that prohibited the importation of beef and cattle from countries where BSE exists, but currently, the United States continues to import from Canada boneless boxed beef from cattle younger than 30 months of age," Bullard said. "However, there currently are still 33 countries that refuse to accept Canadian beef, which in turn, causes the U.S. to be the only significant market for Canadian beef. So, USDA is disregarding its own regulations.

"We would hope USDA would redirect its resources to help the Canadian government eradicate BSE from its cattle herd as quickly as possible, and the first step would be to help Canada determine how widespread the BSE problem is in the Canadian cattle herd, " Bullard continued. "To do this, Canada must substantially increase its BSE testing to include all cattle over the age at which today's BSE tests are meaningful.

"Until we know with scientific certainty what the BSE prevalence rate is in Canada, we can't know what level of additional risk mitigation measures are needed to effectively eradicate the disease, nor can we know whether the disease in on the decline or on the increase within the Canadian cattle herd," he said. "To relax our import standards without first having a science-based strategy to eradicate BSE where it is known to exist is extremely irresponsible.

"USDA must begin immediately helping to develop this eradication strategy and to implement it in Canada," Bullard emphasized.

"Again, we thank those Senators who chose to look out for the safety of not only U.S. consumers, but also the U.S. cattle herd as they sent a strong message to the Administration that it is just too early to reopen the Canadian border to live cattle and additional beef products," he said.

Jess Peterson, R-CALF USA director of governmental relations, said he wants to encourage the organization's members and affiliates to personally call and thank each of their Senators that voted for S J Res. 4.

"It's a great day when ranchers all across the United States speak and their Congressmen go to bat for them on the floor of the U.S. Senate," Peterson said. "Hopefully, members of the U.S. House of Representatives will follow the strong, positive example set by the 52 members of the Senate. Those Representatives can expect R-CALF members to be calling on them to support the Resolution of Disapproval of USDA's Final Rule."

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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 13,000 strong – are located in 45 states, and the organization has over 57 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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The Senate voting record from Thursday is listed below, state-by-state, and the information also can be viewed at:


U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 109th Congress - 1st Session

as compiled through Senate LIS by the Senate Bill Clerk under the direction of the Secretary of the Senate.

Vote Summary

Question: On the Joint Resolution (S.J.Res. 4 )

Vote Number:

Vote Date:
March 3, 2005, 12:51 PM

Required For Majority:

Vote Result:
Joint Resolution Passed

Vote Counts:


Not Voting

Grouped by Home State

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

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

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

Lincoln (D-AR), Nay
Pryor (D-AR), Nay

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

Allard (R-CO), Nay
Salazar (D-CO), Yea

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

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

Martinez (R-FL), Nay
Nelson (D-FL), Nay

Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Isakson (R-GA), Nay

Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Inouye (D-HI), Not Voting

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

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

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

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

Brownback (R-KS), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay

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

Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay

Collins (R-ME), Nay
Snowe (R-ME), Nay

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

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

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

Coleman (R-MN), Nay
Dayton (D-MN), Yea

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

Bond (R-MO), Nay
Talent (R-MO), Nay

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

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

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

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

New Jersey:
Corzine (D-NJ), Yea
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

DeWine (R-OH), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Nay

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

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

Santorum (R-PA), Nay
Specter (R-PA), Nay

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

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

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

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

Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay

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

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

Allen (R-VA), Nay
Warner (R-VA), Nay

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

West Virginia:
Byrd (D-WV), Yea
Rockefeller (D-WV), Nay

Feingold (D-WI), Not Voting
Kohl (D-WI), Yea

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

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