July 29, 2005
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Don Nikodim, Executive Vice President,
U.S. House Passes CAFTA-DR
Action Commended by Missouri Pork Association
Columbia, Mo.,—The Missouri Pork Association (MPA) yesterday applauded the House of Representatives for passing the Free Trade Agreement with Central America and the Dominican Republic (CAFTA-DR). The House passed the bill by a vote of 217 to 215.
“CAFTA-DR represents an opportunity to expand market access, eliminate current tariffs and reduce barriers to U.S. pork and other agricultural products in critical markets,” said Don Nikodim, executive vice president of the Missouri Pork Association. “It has been estimated that pork producer profits will increase by five percent per year when CAFTA-DR is fully implemented. We have been working with the National Pork Producers Council to convey the benefits of this important agreement to our representatives on Capitol Hill, and are glad that the U.S. House approved this agricultural-friendly agreement.”
The Missouri Pork Association would like to thank those Representatives who voted for the bill, including: Congressman Todd Akin (R-St. Louis); Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Lexington); Congressman Sam Graves (R-Tarkio); Congressman Roy Blunt (R-Strafford); Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson (R-Cape Girardeau); and Congressman Kenny Hulshof (R-Columbia).
Those voting against the bill included Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay (D-St. Louis); Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-St. Louis); and Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Kansas City).
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