Senate Ag Committee Passes Cattle Market Bills

The Senate Agriculture Committee advanced two bills on Wednesday with bipartisan support – the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act and the Meat Packing Special Investigator Act. Both bills were strongly supported by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA).

During his weekly call with agricultural reporters Tuesday, Grassley said he thinks the bills have a good chance of making it to the Senate floor. “I certainly hope as soon as we return after our July break that Leader Schumer will put these bills on the floor for a vote,” said Grassley.

The House included a version of the special investigator bill last week as part of the multi-faceted Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act, which also includes the Year-Round Fuel Choice Act to expand voluntary sales of E-15 gasoline. Grassley said he is “confident the Senate has 60 votes” to pass the House package on the floor.

Listen to segments of Grassley’s press call where he comments on the legislation in both chambers and how they might work together.
Sen. Grassley comments on cattle bills 3:23

The cattle market legislation is opposed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association but supported by the United States Cattlemen’s Association.