April 25, 2016

House appropriators halt USDA action on GIPSA

The House Appropriations Committee has again stepped in to limit the U.S. Department of Agriculture from finalizing rules in regard to poultry regulations under the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA). An amendment that would bar USDA from writing rules that address what some deem as unjust or discriminatory practices was approved during the full committee debate of the appropriations committee by a vote of 26-24. The GIPSA rider has been included in several years of the appropriations process but was left out in 2015. Rep. Andy Harris, R., Md., sponsor of the amendment, said last year the rider was left out as “most people thought they department had given up” after so much controversy existed over the poultry component of the rule.  Read More

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