Follow us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Recommend us on Google+ Watch us on YouTube Join us on LinkedIn NLC on Reddit
New Leaders Council


Originally published on May 25, 2016 on by U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

Washington – U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) released the following joint statement today after the Senate voted 55-43 to repeal a wasteful and duplicative U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspection program that is harmful to Virginia seafood producers:

“The catfish inspection program is a waste of taxpayer dollars. This unnecessary, duplicative program offers no benefits for safety or consumer health, and simply creates extra burdens for Virginia seafood processors and producers, who are now forced to report separately to two separate federal agencies – one to inspect catfish, and one to inspect all other types of fish. It also undermines Virginia’s efforts to employ market-based solutions to reduce the population of blue catfish, which is an invasive species that poses a long-term threat to Virginia’s fishery resources. We applaud the Senate for finally moving forward to repeal this duplicative, wasteful program, and urge the House of Representatives to act quickly on this resolution of disapproval.”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the primary inspector of all foreign and domestic fish products. But a provision tucked into the 2008 farm bill designed to privilege Mississippi Delta catfish farmers required USDA, which inspects meat and poultry products, to set up a separate program for the sole purpose of inspecting catfish. The resulting USDA catfish inspection rule, which began to take effect in March of this year, requires seafood companies that handle catfish as well as other types of seafood to have two federal agencies inspect their operation: USDA, to look at catfish, and the FDA, to inspect all other fish. 

Atlanta - Augusta - Austin - Boston - Broward - Capital District NY - Chicago - Cincinnati - Cleveland - Connecticut - Dallas - Denver - Des Moines
Detroit - Houston - Kentucky - Los Angeles - Louisiana - Madison - Maine - Maryland - Miami - Montana - Nashville - New Hampshre - New Jersey - New York City
North Carolina - Oakland - Omaha - Orlando - Palm Beach - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - Rhode Island - Sacramento - San Antonio - San Francisco - Silicon Valley

New Leaders Council is a 501 (c) (3) public charity dedicated to educating a new generation of leaders and to providing those leaders with the tools they need to succeed. NLC does not engage in political or legislative activities of any kind, does not support or oppose any candidate for public office, and serves only as an educational leadership training ground.