Citing high unemployment in the area, three California congressmen have submitted a letter to USDA Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack asking to reopen the Central California slaughterhouse.

The USDA suspended Central Valley Meat Company operations since Monday after footage revealed mistreated and sick cows led to slaughter. The Associated Press reports Republican lawmakers Devin Nunes, Kevin McCarthy and Jeff Denham signed a letter stating nothing further is gained in the investigation by keeping the slaughterhouse closed.

The letter states employees of the company are idle in a community already suffering from double-digit unemployment.

The price of beef in the region is also lower as the continuing investigation determines if any contaminated beef entered the food supply.

Click here to read more.