IDFA has different take on Judiciary Committee action
The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) has a slightly different take on a House Judiciary Committee amendment requiring proposed 2013 Farm Bill dairy reforms to be reviewed under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The House farm bill proposal had waived that requirement, a move IDFA said was designed to bypass the procedural protections afforded to businesses.
Yesterday, DairyBusiness Update carried the news the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), approved Goodlatte’s amendment to ensure regulations imposed under the proposed 2013 Farm Bill are subject to review under the APA and CRA, which fall under the jurisdiction of the House Judiciary Committee.
In reaction, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) said the vote requiring the Farm Bill’s dairy reform program to go through regular government rulemaking was a reasonable compromise, but said the Goodlatte amendment just was another attempt to sidetrack a dairy policy proposal already approved by the House Ag Committee.
IDFA said the Judiciary Committee action will require USDA to examine the impacts of proposed dairy policy in several areas – including consumer prices, the cost of USDA nutrition programs, competitiveness within the dairy industry and the potential for dairy market growth – prior to adopting interim and final regulations.
The action of the Judiciary Committee reflects “growing opposition to a new program that artificially increases milk prices, which is included in the Dairy Security Act,” IDFA said in its statement. The Dairy Market Stabilization Program “will limit milk supplies by periodically requiring food manufacturers to withhold payments from dairy farmers and to remit the revenues to the USDA. Because the new program will impose implementation costs of more than $100 million annually on food manufacturers, the Congressional Budget Office has labeled the program as an unfunded mandate on America’s businesses,” IDFA added.
Goodlatte opposes the Dairy Security Act and will offer his alternative proposal, called the Dairy Freedom Act, as a substitute when the Farm Bill is debated by the full House later this month.