WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tuesday morning, Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., introduced legislation to update a bill she introduced this past March that would allow state-inspected meat to be sold across state lines.
The new language ensures that all products have an identification number and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is able to access that information to ensure product traceability, according to a news release.
"As I've emphasized previously, this bill is important because we have to be doing everything in our power to allow ranchers and livestock producers to get their product to the open marketplace," Cheney said in the release. "Not only will this legislation help these producers move additional product and boost their bottom line, but it will increase the supply for consumers, leading to more reasonable costs and helping the economy as a whole while ensuring the meat going to market is safe. I will always look for areas where we can cut unnecessary government red-tape and empower the free market to do what it does best, which is generate capital and open more doors for those in the private sector."
In addition to this updated version and the legislation that Cheney introduced earlier this year, she also introduced a similar bill in 2020 during the 116th Congress. As with the bill introduced earlier this year, this legislation has the support of Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, the Wyoming Farm Bureau, R-CALF USA and the United States Cattleman's Association.