Chief Senate sponsor of cattle market reform legislation Chuck Grassley remains positive his controversial bill will get floor time, despite COVID sidelining Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
Schumerâ€™s illness could compress the time remaining in the Senate before the August recess to take up controversial legislation. And Grassleyâ€™s Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act has divided cattlemen despite strong bipartisan support among lawmakers.
But Grassley remains hopeful Schumer will be back in the saddle soon and allow Grassleyâ€™s bill on the floorâ€”at least before the November elections.
â€œIâ€™m sure that a lot of people running in these farm states need this legislation. And Iâ€™m sure that Senator Stabenow is going to want to do it, sheâ€™s had a good run as chairman of the committee.â€ That comment was in reference to the Senate Agriculture Committee. Grassley went on to say,Â â€œMaybe sheâ€™ll be chairman next year, but thereâ€™s a chance Republicans can take over the United States Senate, and Iâ€™m sure sheâ€™d want to get as many accomplishments as she can, while sheâ€™s still chairman.â€
The House earlier passed a package of livestock competition bills, but centered on a bill to create a USDA meat and poultry special investigator, also pending in the Senate.
Politically, any push to reduce or show theyâ€™re fighting inflation is important to Democrats, facing headwinds in November.
Grassley sees his bill helping independent producers get a better cattle price and more competition with the big four packers reducing meat prices at the supermarket.