FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(JUN. 12, 2015)
Contact: Kent Wright, 509-435-3590
WASHINGTON STATE (JUN. 12, 2015) – Northwest Farmers Union (NWFU) President Kent Wright reacted to the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives repealing Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) as “Impatient” and remained confident that the U.S. Senate would allow the process to take its’ course. The voting was expected after a fly-in held in Washington D.C. this past month.
“According to survey consumers largely support the labeling law known as COOL, the House has chosen to ignore this fact and therefore showed a lack of support for family farmers and ranchers who depend on COOL,” said Wright. “The Senate still has an opportunity to work with those who support COOL and find an alternative to the situation at hand.”
Many groups have worked both for and against COOL in recent years and almost all were vocal on the House vote. A significant amount of responsibility will be placed on members of the Senate to come to terms with the situation.
“This is the not the first situation that has come to bear with members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and it won’t be the last, but for the House to not allow the situation to follow the process is very disappointing,” mentions Wright. In past disputes the WTO members have found ways to come to an agreement on an alternative that worked for all those involved reminded Wright.
Wright added, “Family farmers and ranchers throughout the Northwest are very appreciative of the work done by all those who have supported our local family famers and ranchers as well as our consumers.” Appreciation and recognition was given to: Denny Heck, D-Washington; Adam Smith, D-Washington; David Reichert, R-Washington; Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon; Suzanne Bonamici, D-Oregon; Peter DeFazio, D-Oregon; and others for their strong support of consumers and family farmers and ranchers.
Northwest Farmers Union is advocating for the economic and social well-being, and quality of life of family farmers, ranchers, fishermen and consumers and their communities through education, cooperation and legislation.