Kansas and Iowa senators say ‘no way’ to “Meatless Mondays” at federal agencies

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Published: Apr. 13, 2021 at 2:37 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas Senator Roger Marshall has teamed with Iowa Senator Joni Ernst to put an end to any suggestion that federal agencies participate in “Meatless Mondays”.

A news release from their offices claim they are “pushing back against the Left’s ‘War on Meat’ with new legislation dubbed “The TASTEE Act”. It stands for Telling Agencies to Stop Tweaking What Employees Eat Act of 2021. The bill would prohibit federal agencies from creating policies that man serving meat to employees. According to the news release, back in 2012 the Obama-Biden Department of Agriculture (USDA) sent out an agency newsletter that would serve as a catalyst for instituting the “Meatless Monday” initiative at USDA.

Under the TASTEE Act, federal agencies could not ban meat and other agriculture products in government lunchrooms “at the expense of America’s hardworking farmers and producers.”

“The last thing Americans need is big government stepping in and telling them what they are allowed to eat,” said Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. “The Biden Administration should not have the right to make radical political statements at the expense of federal employees’ dietary options and America’s hardworking farmers and livestock producers. I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing this important legislation that prevents Meatless Mondays and other types of discrimination against agricultural products from taking place in government dining halls.”

His colleague from Iowa agreed.

“Growing up on our rural family farm in Southwest Iowa, the work was tough—and not always pretty—but my family took extraordinary pride in what we did and the hogs and crops we raised, as do so many Iowa families, farmers, and ranchers. So, when I hear calls from the liberal Left—everyone from out-of-touch politicians to Hollywood elites—encouraging people to ban meat and the quality agriculture products we produce here in Iowa, it makes me sizzle. Our federal agencies shouldn’t be encouraging people to ban agricultural products at the expense of America’s hardworking farmers and producers. Congress needs to make its intention known that we should get ‘Meatless Mondays’ and other types of activist bans against agricultural products out of our government dining halls,” said Senator Joni Ernst.

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