S.J.RES.28 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of Agriculture relating to inspection of fish of the order Siluriformes.

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S.J.RES.28 A joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of Agriculture relating to inspection of fish of the order Siluriformes.

Brief

The bill provides for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, United States Code, of the rule submitted by the Secretary of Agriculture relating to inspection of fish of the order Siluriformes. Siluriformes include catfish.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Secretary of Agriculture relating to `Mandatory Inspection of Fish of the Order Siluriformes and Products Derived From Such Fish’ (80 Fed. Reg. 75590; December 2, 2015), and such rule shall have no force or effect.

The rule that the bill would nullify as presented by the Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service ‘Beginning on March 1, 2016 and continuing until September 1, 2017, FSIS will conduct inspection and exercise broad enforcement discretion in domestic establishments that slaughter or slaughter and process and distribute Siluriformes fish and fish products.

Foreign countries seeking to continue to export Siluriformes fish and fish products to the United States after the transitional period has expired are required to submit to FSIS by September 1, 2017 adequate documentation showing the equivalence of their Siluriformes inspection systems with that of the United States. Foreign countries submitting such documentation by the deadline are permitted to continue exporting Siluriformes fish and fish products to the United States while FSIS undertakes an evaluation as to equivalency.

‘…the 2008 Farm Bill gave FSIS the authority to define the term ‘‘catfish.’’’ “The 2014 Farm Bill, enacted on February 7, 2014, amended the FMIA to remove the term ‘‘catfish’’ and to make ‘‘all fish of the order Siluriformes’’ subject to FSIS jurisdiction and inspection. As a result, FSIS inspection of Siluriformes is mandated by law.”

(Full text of S.J.Res. 28  at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Sen McCain, John [AZ] (introduced 12/10/2015)      Cosponsors (22)

Status:   Passed Senate /

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On Passage: Passed Senate 55 to 43

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Dynamic Scoring:   Not applicable to this bill.

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Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.

 

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