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Senate votes against Canadian cattle

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Senate votes against Canadian cattle
Thursday, March 3, 2005, 2:18 PM

by Josh St. Peters

By a vote of 52 to 46, members of the U.S. Senate approved a Resolution of Disapproval this afternoon, moving one step closer to killing the USDA rule to resume beef trade with Canada.

The resolution must now pass in the House of Representatives and be signed by the President to become binding. If it takes effect, the disapproval will override USDA's Minimal Risk rule. This plan, put forth by Agriculture Department officials earlier this year, would have restarted cattle imports from Canada.

However, U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull granted a temporary injunction against the rule yesterday. Members of the cattlemen's organization R-CALF United Stockgrowers of America filed the complaint in the Billings, MT court. The Department of Agriculture is said to be considering an appeal in that case.
I'm genuinely happy for you, Haymaker and I too, would prefer a closed border for a little while longer, well on the way to fast-tracking the re-building of American slaughter plants in Canada and more testing and appealing to export markets. It's a victory for both sides, you gotta just love it when everyone wins! Have a good night from Canada!

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