EATS Act faces GOP opposition in U.S. House

Legislation in the U.S. House that would address Proposition 12 is getting some pushback by a group of Republicans.

In a letter to House Ag Committee Chairman Glenn “GT” Thompson, the lawmakers said the Ending Agricultural Trade Suppression (EATS) Act should not be included in the next farm bill.

Republican Congresswoman Ashley Hinson of Iowa co-sponsors the EATS Act and says, “Look, I’ve been having conversations with people on both sides of the aisle to find a compromise language that we think will protect everybody.”

California’s Proposition 12 law went into full effect in January and it bans sales of pork, veal, and eggs from animals whose confinement does not meet minimum space requirements. Supporters of the EATS Act say it would preserve the rights of states and local units of government to regulate agriculture within their jurisdiction.

Hinson tells Brownfield Prop 12 has created a slippery slope. “You see states like California and Massachusetts enacting policies that really put a crimp on American agriculture and frankly violate the Commerce Clause.”

She says she will meet with her Republican colleagues to discuss the impact the bill would have on the ag industry. “When we think about the farm bill and the policy that needs to be included, I think a fix for the EATS Act is still very, very important.”

The opposition letter was signed by Republican Representatives Anna Paulina Luna, Jeff Van Drew, Matt Gaetz, Byron Donalds, Andy Biggs, Nancy Mace, Matt Rosendale, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Tim Burchett, and Bob Good.

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