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Action Request: Section 179 & COOL Labeling

Farm Bureau members: Call your Senators & Congressmen to urge support of permanent Section 179 and repeal of mandatory country of origin labeling.

Congressional leaders last night released details of a $1.1 trillion Fiscal 2016 spending bill that would also repeal mandatory country of origin labeling for beef and pork. Passage of the bill that would fund the federal government through next September would also prevent $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico. 

In addition, House and Senate tax writers announced they have reached agreement on a major tax bill that would make permanent Section 179 small business expensing at $500,000 starting this tax year and indexes the provision to inflation thereafter. Fifty percent bonus depreciation provisions would extended for the next five years. The tax bill also extends renewable fuel credits for biodiesel and next generation biofuels as well as several other provisions supported by Farm Bureau.  Both the tax and the spending bills are expected to go to a vote this week in the House and then combined into one package for consideration in the Senate.

Illinois Farm Bureau supports House and Senate passage of both the omnibus spending bill and the tax bill.

Please contact Senator Durbin, Senator Kirk and your Congressman and urge them to vote for permanent Section 179 and repeal of mandatory COOL.

Click here to send an e-mail or call using the phone numbers below:

  • Senator Mark Kirk: 202-224-2854
  • Senator Dick Durbin: 202-224-2152
  • Congressman Rodney Davis: 202 -225 -2371
  • Congressman Darin LaHood: 202-225-6201
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