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Chicken, Egg Pushing Farm Bill Amendment

June 15, 2012
We previously told you about the unusual lobbying partnership between the chicken and the egg. Or, more specifically, about how one-time foes United Egg Producers and Humane Society of the United States had teamed up to support compromise legislation outlining rules for cages housing egg-laying hens.

Now, an amendment to the Senate's farm bill that meets the compromise between UEP and HSUS has been introduced. And the groups have launched a full court press to get senators to support the legislation.

"We're full on," HSUS president Wayne Pacelle told the Alley.

The two groups have bought ads in Beltway publications, been meeting with Senate offices and doing editorial board meetings to build support for the legislation.

The groups had been focusing their advocacy efforts on the House, thinking it would move on its version of the legislation first, and have since shifted their main efforts to the Senate, Pacelle said. But they're hoping that a similar amendment will get attached to the House's farm bill when the time comes.

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