US Senate Votes Against President Bush on Beef

Washington, D.C. – THE U.S. SENATE HAS VOTED 52 TO 46 TO OPPOSE THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION ON REOPENING THE BORDER TO CANADIAN CATTLE UNDER 30-MONTHS AND BONE-IN BEEF FROM SUCH YOUNGER ANIMALS. WYOMING'S TWO SENATORS VOTED AGAINST THE WHITE HOUSE.
THE VOTE CAME ONE DAY AFTER A MONTANA FEDERAL JUDGE GRANTED A PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION AGAINST A USDA PLAN TO REOPEN THE BORDER MONDAY--AFTER 3-MAD COW CASES IN CANADA AND ONE OF A CANADIAN COW IN THE U-S.
WESTERN STATE SENATORS OF BOTH PARTIES CHARGED THE HEALTH AND INDUSTRY RISKS IN REOPENING WERE JUST TOO GREAT. WYOMING REPUBLICAN CRAIG THOMAS ADDED JAPAN MUST REOPEN ITS MARKET TO THE U-S FIRST.
SENATE AGRICULTURE CHAIR SAXBY CHAMBLISS AND A BIPARTISAN MINORITY SIDED WITH USDA THAT CANADA HAS ADEQUATELY ENFORCED ITS BAN ON ANIMAL FEED BLAMED FOR MAD COW DISEASE.
THE WHITE HOUSE ARGUED THE SENATE BILL WOULD CONTINUE THE LOSS OF U-S BEEF PROCESSING JOBS TO CANADA AND HARM NOT HELP--U-S EFFORTS TO REOPEN FOREIGN MARKETS TO U-S BEEF.
IT SAID THE PRESIDENT WOULD VETO THE BILL. THE HOUSE HAS NOT YET ACTED.