NCBA: Rural America Votes Against Big Government
WASHINGTON – National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Steve Foglesong said many proponents of government overreach into the U.S. cattle industry were voted out of office. Foglesong, referring to a NCBA campaign launched last week, said four members of Congress called out for not supporting cattlemen and women from a government takeover will not be returning to the 112th Congress.
“This pervasive invasion of government into private business must stop. We stepped up to support our farmers and ranchers who stimulate the U.S. economy and create jobs without excessive, burdensome regulations and overreach,” said Foglesong. “The Obama Administration’s proposed rule on livestock and poultry marketing is an open invitation to trial lawyers and big government.”
Specifically, NCBA released advertisements and editorials in regional papers across cattle country to inform voters that Reps. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.); Debbie Halvorson (D-Ill.); Steve Kagen (D-Wis.); and John Boccieri (D-Ohio) did not sign a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to encourage a comprehensive economic analysis of a rule on livestock and poultry marketing that could put small to medium sized producers out of business. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) was also targeted for signing a letter that actually supports the rule. Except for Sen. Bennet, whose reelection bid will likely end in a recount, all candidates targeted in the campaign were defeated. The USDA's Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration proposed the rule under the Packers and Stockyards Act on June 21, 2010. The comment period ends Nov. 22.
“Rural America spoke up and gave the boot to candidates putting big government before innovative cattlemen who manage to feed a growing population, stimulate the economy and create jobs without government handouts,” said Foglesong. “I hope the election results serve as a clue to the Obama Administration that it needs to pull this proposed rule. We do not need big government telling us how to market our cattle.”