Producer-members of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) are applauding today’s action by the Senate Finance Committee that led to passage of the Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) by voice vote.
The Senate bill (S. 1307) now moves to the full Senate for an up-or-down vote. The House Ways and Means Committee is scheduled to mark up its legislation (H.R. 3045) tomorrow. Cattlemen are hopeful the beef-friendly agreement will prevail.
“For cattle producers, CAFTA-DR represents a perfect opportunity to increase our export market access, sell more beef and make more money,” says Jim McAdams, a
NCBA has joined more than 81 national agricultural industry and farm groups which represent the overwhelming majority of the
“The six countries of CAFTA-DR – Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua – have a growing resort and tourism industry which presents a perfect market for U.S. high-quality grain-fed beef, “ says McAdams. “In addition, this agreement eliminates current tariffs on high-quality
For this reason, cattlemen must continue to contact their members of Congress and ask that the CAFTA-DR see full passage as quickly as possible, McAdams says – especially during the July 4 recess.
“We need a continued push from cattlemen in the country. Attend town hall meetings or other events, write a letters to members of Congress, or call their offices to ask that they support and vote for this agreement!” says McAdams. “Your conversation just might be the one your Senator or Congressman remembers when he casts his vote!”
For more information about the beef provisions of CAFTA-DR, and NCBA’s economic analysis, please visit http://hill.beef.org/cafta.