Michigan Senator Offers Voluntary COOL Draft for Discussion Purposes

June 25, 2015

The Senate Agriculture Committee hearing Wednesday on country-of-origin labeling (COOL) and trade retaliation got something new to chew on. On the eve of the first Senate action since the House of Representatives voted to repeal COOL, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, the ranking minority member on the committee, circulated a draft bill for voluntary COOL.

The Michigan Democrat got some encouragement from Pat Roberts, the Kansas Republican who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, but she got the cold shoulder from his House counterpart, Rep. Michael Conway, R-TX.

Roberts, who said he consistently opposed COOL “during its failed tenure,” called Stabenow’s draft “a…