The Congressional Review Act resolution on beef imports from Paraguay passes the Senate

The effort to stop beef imports from Paraguay cleared the Senate, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle in agreement that the move could threaten U.S. food security.

The Congressional Review Act resolution passed 70 to 25. During discussions, Senator Jon Tester from Montana slammed the Administration, saying they butchered the decision to once again allow beef imports from the country citing its history with foot and mouth disease.

Groups like NCBA praised the Senate’s work, saying in part “our animal health standards are second to none, and we must be vigilant in protecting the U.S. cattle herd from harmful foreign animal diseases that could have a devastating impact on U.S. agriculture. Paraguay’s history of foot and mouth disease is a great concern, and anyone who wishes to trade with the United States must demonstrate they can meet our high standards,” said Kent Bacus.

The legislation will now go to the House for consideration.

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