Vote Explanation for H.R. 2393
On Wednesday the House voted to pass the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) Amendments Act (H.R. 2393) to ensure that the U.S. complies with its treaty obligations and avoids trade retaliation from Mexico and Canada that could cost the Texas economy $9.2 billion in lost exports following a WTO ruling.
Our current policies were judged to be providing a disadvantage to goods from other countries in our domestic market. While country of origin labeling is something I support, we have to do it in a way that complies with our agreements with our trade partners so that our exports will be treated fairly in their markets.
I am confident we will be able to find a labeling solution that will be WTO compliant. There are several proposals, including voluntary labeling for verified American products, which would give Americans the information they want.