A bipartisan group of 32 federal lawmakers led by U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) penned an October 6, 2014, letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee asking its leaders to “reject efforts to weaken or suspend Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) through any continuing resolution or omnibus appropriations bill” pending a World Trade Organization (WTO) decision on the United States’ meat labeling dispute with Canada and Mexico.
According to their letter, “anonymous foreign sources continue their efforts to undermine COOL,” making it essential that the Committee “not allow these rumors from abroad to preemptively weaken U.S. law before the dispute resolution process has run its course.” U.S. consumers, they contend, “have the right to know where their food comes from and farmers should be able to market their livestock as born and raised in America.”