U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., is among 10 House Democrat co-sponsors of a bill that would amend federal laws to require labeling for all beef that contains lean finely textured beef, also known as "pink slime."
The REAL Beef (Requiring Easy and Accurate Labeling of Beef) Act follows calls from Congress members who want the so-called "pink slime" banned from use in school cafeterias. The ammonia-treated beef scraps are often used as filler in school meals.
"This is about choice and transparency," Maine Rep. Chellie Pingree, the bill's lead sponsor, said in a statement last week. "Parents and consumers want to choose whether or not they serve pink slime, but they can't do that unless they know whether or not it's in the product they are buying."
Recent public outrage has sparked industry change. Minnetonka-based Cargill Inc., one of the nation's major producers of finely textured beef, said it has reduced production.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will travel to Minnesota on Friday, the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, for a living room chat with women to “hear their stories about experiencing health care insecurity … and facing financial hardship and discrimination from insurance companies,” an announcement said.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum and Gov. Mark Dayton will join Sebelius in Linda Hamilton’s home in Spring Lake Park to discuss the health reform law, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010.
Opponents, including U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, have labeled the health care reform law “Obamacare.”
While Democratic supporters are celebrating the law’s two-year anniversary, Bachmann is marking the occasion with a fundraising appeal that calls on supporters to join her in sending a strong message to Washington.
“Obamacare must be and will be repealed,” she wrote. “However, I cannot repeal Obamacare alone. In order to do so, I need your support to ensure I am re-elected to Congress in order to stand up for every American and fight for our shared conservative values.”
In her letter, Bachmann also claims to have led the efforts in Congress to fight the Affordable Care Act. The battle has been costly, she said.
“Fighting to repeal Obamacare and defending myself against the relentless attacks from the left is very, very expensive. If I’m going to continue to speak out across the country I need your immediate help. Your support, no matter the size, helps me continue to fight. That’s why any amount you can donate to my campaign today – up to the $2,500 legal limit – is appreciated,” the letter concluded.
With the U.S. House opening debate Wednesday evening on the St. Croix River crossing, Minnesota Democrat Betty McCollum made a stab at the sweet spot of the Republican backers of the proposed bridge: