The Congressional Chicken Caucus was officially reformed in both the Senate and House of Representatives, as members came back to Washington for the second full week of the new 116th Congressional session. The Senate Chicken Caucus will be co-chaired by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and Chris Coons (D-DE), and the Congressional Chicken Caucus in the House co-chaired by Representatives Steve Womack (R-AR) and Jim Costa (D-CA).

Mike Brown, president of the National Chicken Council, noted, “I want to thank Representatives Womack and Costa and Senators Coons and Isakson for spearheading the continued development of the Congressional Chicken Caucus and working to grow its membership in the early stages of this 116th Congress.  Under their leadership, this bipartisan caucus will continue to serve as a hub for members to discuss common issues of interest, host Capitol Hill briefings and amplify the voice of U.S. chicken producers.”

The Congressional Chicken Caucus was formed in the 112th Congress to educate members and staff about the history, contributions, challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. chicken industry, which emanate from a wide range of issues pertaining to food safety, trade, labor, immigration and the environment. The caucus will continue to serve as a liaison to streamline communications, thus creating a network that will be in a better position to promote the interests of our constituents.

The chicken industry’s economic impact can be felt in every state and district throughout the United States. As America’s favorite protein, chicken enjoys an unparalleled reputation at home and abroad for being safe, wholesome and affordable.  U.S. chicken companies directly employ over 355,000 in chicken production and processing, contracting with about 25,000 family farmers to raise chickens worth a wholesale of over $75 billion dollars annually.  Although chicken farms and processing plants may or may not be located in every congressional district, the industry’s induced economic impact can be felt in every sector of the U.S. economy, in every state and every congressional district.

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