Senate Takes Action Regarding Beef Trade with Japan

Senate Takes Action Regarding Beef Trade with Japan

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Members of the Senate took retaliatory action against Japan June 22 in response to a delay in beef trade resumption.

Although the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a trade agreement with Japan last week, the Senate Appropriations Committee attached a statement to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 Agriculture Appropriations Bill calling for sanctions on Japanese products if Japan does not resume imports of U.S. beef by the enactment of the bill.

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) announced its support of the legislation, as well as Senate bill S. 3548, a bill introduced June 21 by Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), calling for tariffs on Japanese exports if Japan does not open its borders to U.S. beef by Aug. 31, 2006.

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