Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) might be a thing of the past. The U.S. House sent a bill repealing COOL onto the Senate in a 300-131 vote on June 10.
Representatives from Iowa Steve King, David Young, and Rod Blum voted yes on the bill. David Loebsack voted no. Nearly two-thirds of House Democrats voted no alongside 10 Republicans.
House Ag Committee Chairman Mike Conaway says, “Repeal is the only viable option to avoid retaliation.”
However, House Ag Committee member Collin Peterson says rushing a COOL repeal bill is not the way to address the issue.
Canada and Mexico said they would act with retaliatory import taxes after the World Trade Organization announced in May the U.S. was out of compliance. Canada has already filed a more than $3 billion retaliatory tariff.
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is a supporter of COOL. He says he’s exploring other options to avoid retaliation, if those fail, he will vote to repeal origin labeling.