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03/26/2012 12:07 pm ET | Updated May 26, 2012

Ex-GIPSA Head Seeks Apology

In an interview with WORC's Western Organizing Review, Dudley Butler, former administer of the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, has called on Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) to apologize for his veiled threats and knowingly lying about what Butler supposedly had said about the proposed GIPSA rule.

Listen to his challenge to Roberts in this short audio clip here.

WORC will publish the interview in April in the next edition of our newsletter.

During a June Senate Agriculture Committee hearing, Sen. Roberts said, "To be perfectly blunt, this rule, as proposed, looked like a trial lawyers Full Employment Act. Better yet, I'll read a quote from Administrator, Mr. Dudley Butler, regarding the core of the material in the rule. His quote, 'That's a lawyer's dream, a plaintiff lawyer's dream.' He [Butler] was a plaintiff's lawyer." Butler had not been invited to the hearing.

Butler's quote, however, referred to the broad terms included in the Packers and Stockyards Act, not the proposed rule, which would have clarified terms in the act. Butler had made his statement well before the proposed GIPSA rule had even been published.