By DAVID ZIRIN, Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) A debate over chili peppers, a topic that has been simmering on Capitol Hill for years, could be heating up again this week with a new, contentious proposal.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to ban chili peppers in the U.S. and prohibit manufacturers from exporting them, a move that would be a major change from previous versions of the bill.
It is expected to pass the Senate with an up-or-down vote on Tuesday, and McConnell plans to introduce a companion measure in the House later this week.
The move would be particularly controversial because many of the world’s most popular chili peppers are grown in Mexico, and Mexican leaders have been vocal critics of U.N. efforts to stop the importation of the peppers.
The United States imports more than 100 million pounds of the Mexican peppers annually.
McConnell and other GOP lawmakers are also pushing a ban on the export of cornmeal, a starch made from the kernels of corn that has also become a hot-button issue in the debate.
The Corn Board of America, a trade association, has warned that cornmeal exports could cause a severe spike in the price of corn in the United States.
The U.K., Canada and Japan also use cornmeal.
McLoughlin’s plan, which is opposed by some agriculture and consumer groups, also calls for a ban in the Midwest and West on chili peppers.
The House bill would impose a temporary ban on their export until the U to develop a regulatory system for their production and distribution.
Calls for a boycott of chili peppers and cornmeal have become a frequent rallying cry for the White House in the last two years, after the death of a young woman who was crushed to death by a pepper while on a walk in Washington, D.C., in 2014.
In the debate over whether to ban the peppers, some senators say they would support a ban if it were to be made permanent.
Some lawmakers say that while the cornmeal ban is needed, it is not the only way to fight the spread of the pandemic.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. said he supports a temporary moratorium on imports, but it would be better to address the threat posed by the pandemics’ spread.
Burr said the U needs to make sure our farmers are producing and distributing the seeds that we can use in our agriculture.
Burr also said that the U should have more restrictions on the import of corn and other crops, like tomatoes and peppers, that have been blamed for the pandenotoxin pandemic and the deaths of people in Mexico.
McCain, who opposes a ban, has said that there should be a temporary suspension on the sale of chili and corn meal for at least a year.
The Senate measure would also ban the sale and transportation of any products that contain the toxic substance, called C-19, and impose a one-year moratorium on the use of the toxin on food and agricultural products in the country.
The Corn Board said it is concerned that the Senate bill will have a significant impact on the U’s ability to control the spread and control the impact of C-14, which the government is now warning Americans to avoid.
The White House and some lawmakers have said the C-9 ban is temporary, but they have not provided details on how it would work.
The C-11 ban has been in place for a year, and the C2 ban is being considered for a decade.
The two bans would be lifted if Congress passed a temporary extension to the C1 and C2 restrictions, but not the C10 and C11 restrictions.