USCA Supports U.S. Armed Forces Freedom to Choose Meat
WASHINGTON (June 17, 2016) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) voiced their support this week of Senate Amendment 4485, SEC. 1097 to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2017 (S.2943). The amendment would have mandated consistent access to all forms of protein in our U.S. Armed Forces facilities. In a letter sent to the Senate, USCA outlined its support for the issue and ongoing inclusion of meat-based proteins in daily meal offerings. The amendment introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) was not included in the final passed NDAA bill, however the issue will remain a priority.
USCA President Danni Beer commented on the amendment’s purpose, “Protein is a critical component of a healthy and balanced diet. Our troops should have the option to consume the protein they need, including meat, on a daily basis. Mandating meals, on any given day, void of any meat options is not appropriate. Monday or any day, meals without meat do not provide adequate nutrition for our armed forces, as provided by the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. We should be serving meat protein to those who serve us. USCA supports the US military and we support their freedom to choose meat on Monday and every day of the week.”
A similar amendment to Senator Ernst’s was put forth by House Representative Adrian Smith (R-Nebraska) and passed on Thursday, June 16. USCA applauds the efforts by both Senator Ernst and Rep. Smith on bringing this issue to their respective floors for a vote and will continue to work with both Members in addressing this issue.
Those wishing to voice their thoughts on continued access to meat-based proteins for members of the Armed Forces should contact their U.S. Senator via the Capitol Switchboard at: 202-224-3121.
Established in March 2007, USCA is committed to concentrating its efforts in Washington, D.C. to enhance and expand the cattle industry’s voice on Capitol Hill. USCA has a full-time presence in Washington, giving cattle producers across the country a strong influence on policy development. For more information go to www.uscattlemen.org