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In a 58 to 36 vote, the Senate voted for a resolution proposed by Senators Daschle, Enzi, Johnson and Thomas stating that full funding should be maintained for implementing Country of Origin Labeling.

The U.S. Senate spent Thursday afternoon debating the mandatory country of origin labeling legislation included in the 2002 Farm Bill. This came about during the debate on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill. The Senate passed a "Sense of the Senate" resolution which asks that funding be provided for mandatory country-of-origin labeling implementation. The resolution was brought forth by Senators Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Tim Johnson (D-SD). The issue will now be debated in a Senate conference committee.

Cattle producers are encouraged to review the proposed mandatory country-of-origin rule and submit comments via e-mail to cool@usda.gov or send by mail to Country of Origin Labeling Program; USDA Agricultural Marketing Service; 1400 Independence Ave., SW Stop 0249; Washington, D.C. 20250-0249, no later than Dec. 29, 2003. The proposed rule and USDA news release can be accessed on the USDA web site at http://www.ams.usda.gov.

Visit www.countryoforiginlabeling.info for more information about the proposal and producer/group viewpoints of the legislation.

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