Delaware Senator Chris Coons (D) announced yesterday the formation of the inaugural Senate Chicken Caucus in the United States Senate. 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.
“Chicken has long been one of Delaware’s proudest and most prominent commodities,” Senator Coons said. “Chicken growers, integrators, processors, and distributors employ thousands in Delaware and across the country, and provide healthy and delicious meals to consumers around the world. 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. I thank Senator Isakson for his partnership in this effort and look forward to working with him to support our nation’s outstanding chicken industry.”
Coons will co-chair the caucus with Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson (R).
“Representing the number one chicken producing state in the country, I’m proud to join Senator Coons in launching the Senate Chicken Caucus,” said Senator Johnny Isakson. “The caucus will go a long way in supporting our nation’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 these issues.”
The Senate Chicken Caucus was formed to educate other Senators about the history, contributions and concerns of U.S. chicken producers, which emanate from a wide range of issues pertaining to agriculture, food safety, free trade, labor, immigration reform and others.
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-AR) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA) and maintains more than 50 House members.
In addition to Senators Coons and Isakson, founding members of the Senate Chicken Caucus to date include Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Tom Carper (D-DE), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Roger Wicker (R-MS).
“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. “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.”