Ten House members have urged two top agriculture appropriators to insert language in the fiscal year 2018 Agriculture and Related Agencies Appropriations bill that would prevent money from being spent on the implementation of a rule that would allow U.S. imports of poultry slaughtered in China.
[Jack Caporal] April 10th, 2017 [Inside US Trade]
The members also requested that the FY2018 appropriations bill retain language that prevents Chinese-processed poultry from being included in a number of school meal programs, such as the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Child and Adult Care Food Program and the Summer Food Service Program.
“We also urge you to expand the language to prohibit funds from being used to implement any rule that would allow poultry slaughtered in China to be exported to the United States,” the members wrote to House Appropriations Committee member Rob Aderholt (R-AL), chairman of the agriculture, rural development, Food and Drug Administration and related agencies subcommittee, and the ranking member of that panel, Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-GA).
The members ask that the FY2018 appropriations bill say that “None of the funds made available by this Act shall be used to implement any rule that would allow poultry raised or slaughtered in China to be exported to the United States.”
The letter is signed by nine House Democrats and one Republican. The Democrats are Reps. Rosa DeLauro (CT), Mark Pocan (WI), Chellie Pingree (ME), Mark DeSaulnier (CA), Jim McGovern (MA), Jackie Speier (CA), Jan Schakowsky (IL), Carol Shea-Porter (NH) and Louise Slaughter (D-NY). The lone Republican to sign the letter was Rep. Walter Jones (NC).