We must stop this sweeping attack on the rights of states to protect the health, safety and welfare of our citizens.

Oregon does a fine job managing our state’s affairs and certainly doesn’t need a congressman from Iowa dictating federal authority to Oregon and every state in the Union.

Meet Congressman Steve King, from Iowa. His dangerous legislation would not only take away the right of states to enact beneficial laws in the future but could repeal dozens upon dozens of laws already set in place across the country, including Oregon’s laws protecting dogs in puppy mills and regulating confinement of pregnant pigs and egg-laying hens.

Heedless of consumer safety, animal welfare and other important public policy considerations, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the King amendment within the House farm bill that eliminates states’ rights to enact laws that protect farm animals from cruel factory farm conditions, dogs in puppy mills and horses from being cruelly slaughtered for human consumption. This amendment was added by King, who boasts about his lack of concern for animals or their welfare.

I’m urging Rep. Greg Walden and the rest of Oregon’s congressional delegation do the right thing and work to erase this harmful clause of the House farm bill. More importantly, I’m urging my fellow Oregonians to call their members of Congress and urge them to vote no on the King amendment.

Cyndi Davis