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Grassley herds bill on meatpackers back into U.S. Senate

Thursday, January 25, 2001

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley reintroduced legislation this week that would ban meatpackers from owning livestock.

The bill would amend the Packers and Stockyards Act of 1921 as an attempt to control consolidation in the meatpacking industry.

The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota, and is supported by Senators Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Craig Thomas of Wyoming.

"We're going to run into opposition from business-pressure groups generally because they don't like this sort of law that puts any sort of interference on how anybody can run their business," Grassley said in a conference call from Washington, adding that he expects meatpackers to also fight the amendment.

While the bill was introduced last year, Grassley said there is more support for it now. "There seems to be much more concern this past year," he said.

A year ago Grassley said it was difficult to find other Republicans to co-sponsor the bill, but noted it was not the same now. He said concern is coming from the grassroots.

Read the rest of this article in the 1/25 Pilot Tribune.

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