WASHINGTON D.C. – Earlier this year,Â Congressman Juan Vargas (CA-51) sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Committee on Agricultureâ€™s Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development and Credit requesting a hearing to examine the impact of country-of-origin labeling (COOL) on cattle producers in the Western States, especially California.
Today, Congressman Vargas released the following statement after the Subcommittee held the hearing.
â€œI am very pleased that the Subcommittee on Livestock honored my request and held a hearing to discuss the detrimental impacts that the COOL regulations are having on the cattle processing regions in California.
The new COOL regulations are not only causing a cattle shortage in California and threatening the stateâ€™s cattle industry, but directly contributed to the impending closure of National Beefâ€™s processing plant in Brawley.
â€œThe COOL regulations are very damaging to my district, eliminating jobs, and ultimately putting families in the Valley under additional financial hardship.
â€œThis issue is a priority to me.Â I look forward to working with the members of the Subcommittee to effectively address the harmful COOL regulations.â€