Update, Feb. 4, 2014
The Senate passed the Farm Bill today with two major wins on animal welfare issues, one being the removal of the dangerous King amendment.
Now the bill goes to President Obama's desk for signature. Kudos to everyone who helped achieve this victory!
What is the King Amendment?
The Farm Bill recently passed by the House contains a provision proposed by Rep. Steve King (R-IA) that seeks to negate most state and local laws regarding the production or manufacture of agriculture products. Added by voice vote during the House Agriculture Committee’s full committee markup, the King amendment is a radical federal overreach that aims to block state laws protecting farm animals in a way that could also preempt a wide range of state laws covering everything from child labor to dangerous pesticides to labeling of farm-raised fish. Get the facts>>
Don't let Congress wipe out animal protection laws. Keep the King Amendment out of the final Farm Bill. Send a message to your lawmakers>>
Leading media outlets condemn the King Amendment:
- Des Moines Register editorial: So, King likes federal regulation of states?
- USA Today editorial: Chicken cage compromise is not radical
- Washington Post commentary: Steve King’s inhumane farm bill measure
- Washington Post editorial: An amendment that hurts chickens—and Americans
- Washington Times article: The King amendment to the Farm Bill threatens state’s rights
- The New York Times op-ed: Can We See Our Hypocrisy to Animals?
- Time Magazine article: King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates
- Baltimore Sun op-ed: Don't let Congress trample Maryland's rights
- Los Angeles Times: Lawmakers assail legislation that would limit California's egg law
- Des Moines Register commentary: King's latest move a blow to ag rights
"If approved by the Senate...Mr. King’s reactionary amendment would precipitate a disaster."—Washington Post Editorial Board
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Legislators & groups oppose the King Amendment
- Fact Sheet: Oppose the King Amendment to the Farm Bill
- Diverse Coalition of Non-Profits & Citizens' Groups Oppose King Amendment
- Letter: National Conference of State Legislatures opposes the King Amendment
- Letter: U.S. Senate members oppose the King Amendment
- Letter: Democratic U.S. House members oppose the King Amendment
- Letter: Republican U.S. House members oppose the King Amendment
- County Executives of America [PDF]
- National Fraternal Order of Police [PDF]
- National Sheriffs' Association [PDF]
Many go on the record against the King Amendment
See the full list of those who have publicly stated opposition to the King Amendment [PDF].
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