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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Here's a Question

Why did every member of the Bexar County Congressional delegation- D and R alike- decide to vote no on expediting country-of-origin labeling? Saw this in the Express-News this past Sunday (can't find the little scorecard online, if I do, I'll like to it) and can't for the life of me figure out why.

The amendment was to push up the timeline to require country-of-origin meat labeling to October '06. For those who don't know about this issue, basically it's gonna require every piece of fresh meat at your local supermarket to have a nice sticker on it telling you where the animal was raised (US, Canada, UK, wherever).* Without the amendment, the earliest Congress will require the sticker will be at least Oct. 2007... at least. So why did our delegation, especially the Dems, vote no?

Charlie Gonzalez and Henry Cuellar get money from Labor do they not? We've all been taught to buy American with everything else, why not let us be able to choose to buy American meat? Also, doesn't the public have a right to know where our meat is coming from to begin with? Why the no vote to expedite the process?

*I first learned about county-of-meat origin labeling when Stephanie Herseth first talked about it on a tv ad I saw on her website. For some reason, I think it was because it's good public policy to begin with, it stuck.