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Lawmakers remain unhappy with USDA’s Paraguay beef decision

Some lawmakers remain concerned with the Biden administration’s decision to allow beef imports from Paraguay.

U.S. Representative Don Bacon of Nebraska he’s worried about the introduction of foreign animal diseases to be introduced into the U.S. “We don’t think the administration did an adequate job with the inspections and the analysis. “We don’t think the administration did an adequate job with the inspections and the analysis there so we’re asking to make sure we got this right.”

John Thune, a U.S. Senator from South Dakota agrees. “We shouldn’t be importing from other countries if there are concerns about disease.”

Bacon says The U.S. is the biggest beef producer in the world and says he doesn’t understand why the U.S. would import any beef. “We should be feeding all Americans and a good chunk of the world.”

The Senate passed a Congressional Review Act in March with a veto-proof margin to override the Biden administration’s November 14th decision allowing the imports.  The bill is awaiting action in the House of Representatives, and has been referred to the Committee on Agriculture.

Bacon and Thune made their comments during the National Association of Farm Broadcasting’s recent Washington Watch event.

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