EATS Act now faces opposition in the Senate
A bill that would block California’s Proposition 12 is facing more pushback in Congress.
A bipartisan group of senators have sent a letter to Ag Committee leadership saying the Ending Agriculture Trade Suppression (EATS) Act would hurt small farmers and infringe on states’ rights.
Congresswoman Ashley Hinson sponsors the bill and tells Brownfield the Senators’ claims are not factual. “I think if you read the substance of that letter it’s based on a lot of myths coming out about the EATS Act,” she said. “A lot of the misinformation is around benefiting China. It does not.”
The Iowa Republican introduced the measure in response to California’s Proposition 12 law and says it creates a slippery slope by allowing states to regulate ag practices. “I think Prop 12 was bad policy to begin with,” Hinson said. “The EATS Act is the proper congressional fix to defend the Interstate Commerce Clause.”
The Senators who oppose the EATS Act said it should not be included in the 2023 Farm Bill.