The egg bill that died in the 112th Congress is seeing a renewed push with a new congress in session. Both the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers came together to craft the bill, which addresses interstate commerce problems caused by shipping eggs between states with different hen housing laws. However, other livestock groups argue it’s a slippery slope leading to more regulation.
Last July, Iowa Representative Steve King introduced an egg amendment to the farm bill as a counter to groups like HSUS leading ballot initiatives regulating animal production standards on a state-by-state basis. King argued that, pursuant to the Constitution, only the federal government can regulate interstate commerce. King’s amendment remained in the House-Ag-Committee farm bill until it died at the end of the last congress.