Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., last week announced the formation of the inaugural Senate Chicken Caucus in effort to educate other Senators about contributions and concerns of U.S. chicken producers.
Senator Coons made the announcement during a speech delivered at the National Chicken Council's 59th Annual Conference at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C., Thursday.
"Chicken growers, integrators, processors, and distributors employ thousands in Delaware and across the country," Coons said. "I hope that the Senate Chicken Caucus will give America's chicken producers a platform to better inform legislators about the industry's vital contributions to our economy, and promote policy solutions that help their businesses grow and thrive."
Coons will co-chair the caucus with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga.
In a press statement, Isakson said he expects the caucus will go a long way in supporting U.S. chicken producers by providing a forum for senators, chicken producers, retail and food service to discuss the issues that face the chicken industry and the role of the federal government in addressing such issues.
Additional founding members include Sens. John Boozman, R-Ark., Tom Carper, D-Del., Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., Mark Pryor, D-Ark. and Roger Wicker, R-Miss.
A Congressional Chicken Caucus was formed in the House in 2011 during the 112th session of Congress. It is co-chaired by Reps. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., and Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., and maintains more than 50 House members.
"I want to thank Senators Coons and Isakson for their bipartisan leadership in taking the lead in organizing the Senate Chicken Caucus," said National Chicken Council President Mike Brown in a press statement. "As it does in the House, the Senate Caucus will give a united voice to chicken producers as we navigate the many issues of importance to our industry in the months ahead."
Source: National Chicken Council