Correction of the Congressional Record of February 20, 1964, regarding
3318 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE February 25,
BEEF IMPORT AGREEMENT-CORRECTION
OF THE RECORD
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, on
February 20, 1964, I addressed the Senate
on the new beef Import agreement
and the general subject of beef imports.
At the conclusion of my remarks I had
Intended to insert a copy of a letter my
colleague [Mr. METCALF] and I addressed
to the U.S. Tariff Commission on the cattle
and beef import situation. Inadvertently
the attachment was a letter to the
U.S. Tariff Commission, but on the subject
of copper imports.
Mr. President, I ask ·unanimous consent
to have printed in the body of the
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD my statement
''Beef Import Agreement·· and the correct
There being no objection, the statement
and attachments were ordered to
be printed In the RECORD, as follows:
BEE:r IMPORT AGREEMENT
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, on Monday,
the Department o! State and the Department
or Agriculture announced a voluntary
agreement with Australia and New Zealand
on bee! Imports. These two countries provide
approximately 80 percent or our Imports
of !resh and frozen bee! and veal. The
agreement, as I understand it, Is subject to
review a!ter 3 years.
In brier, the agreement guarantees !orelgn
exporters or beer to the United States approximately
11 percent or our domestic
market, holding Australian and New Zealand
exports to the United States at the
1962-63 average, allowing !or consumption
Mr. President, this Is a small step-a very
small one--in the right direction; but it is
not enough. It provides little protection
!or our domestic Industry at a time when
prices are down. During the current calendar
year, it wlll provide a 6-percent reduction,
as compared with 1963 Imports.
The Idea of a voluntary negotiated agreement
with these two major beer exporters is
excellent- but certainly not one that guarantees
!orelgn suppliers such a major roothold
on our beer market. We cannot blame
Australia and New Zealand when they can
get an agreement which wlll permit them to
continue to export to the United States at a
rate comparable to those o! the two hlghest
years In history. The American cattle industry
Is the one that Is being hurt. It
would have been far more realistic If the
average Imports had been computed over the
past 5 years, instead or the last 2 years.
In addition, I am somewhat concerned
about the effect such an agreement wlll have
on efforts to aid the domestic livestock lndUBtry,
In 11ght or the delicate state or our
international trade negotiations. Frankly, I
am anxious to see a much more realistic
quota established, either through U.S. Tariff
Commission recommendations or congressional
action. It ls !or this reason that my
colleague [Mr. METCALF] and I have prepared,
tor Introduction, legislation which would
establish a quota system on bee! Imports,
based on the past 5-year average.
Mr. President, I Introduce this blll, on behalf
of myself, my colleague, the Senator
!rom montana [ Mr METCALF], the Sen a tors
from North Dakota [Mr. YouNG and Mr. BURDICK],
the Senator !rom South Dakota [Mr.
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