NCBA Supports King Amendment to Farm Bill

Animal rights groups are speaking out against the 2013 Farm Bill. Currently the conference committee is working on the differences of the legislation. In the House version of the legislation, Congressman Steve King of Iowa inserted the Protect Interstate Commerce Act.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Collin Woodall says the King amendment enforces the commerce clause of the US Constitution by leveling the playing field.

With a patch work approach to animal care standard, that gives some states advantages over others.

If the King Amendment is signed into law, this takes out the potential for individual states to pass individual animal care standard. This pushes animal rights groups to lobby for uniform federal regulations. Woodall doesn't think this will speed up their effort for federal legislation, as these groups were already pushing for adoption of federal animal care standards. Woodall says it's important that agriculture stands up to make sure the Constitution is being fully enforced.

King's amendment is not in the Senate version of the Farm Bill. A variety of groups have spoke against the legislation concerned the language is not specific enough and could apply broadly to many consumer goods.

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