USDA retracts support of 'Meatless Monday' after GOP revolt

The Department of Agriculture (USDA) retracted its endorsement of "Meatless Mondays" after GOP lawmakers blasted the move.

Republicans took to Twitter Wednesday to express their unhappiness with the USDA encouraging people to eat less meat.

The USDA lauded Meatless Monday in Monday's internal department newsletter as "one simple way to reduce your environmental impact while dining at our cafeterias."

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The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and several members of Congress representing some of the biggest meat-producing states were quick to protest on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I will eat more meat on Monday to compensate for stupid USDA recommendation abt a meatless Monday," tweeted Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleySenate rivals gear up for debates Grassley pulling away from Dem challenger Overnight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas MORE (R-Iowa).

Similarly, Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said he preferred "double rib-eye Mondays instead."

"Who at USDA thought 'Meatless Mondays' was good idea? Anti-[agriculture] agenda at USDA is irresponsible, even for a day," tweeted Sen. John ThuneJohn ThuneWeek ahead in tech: Key test for FCC's TV-box plan Five takeaways from the new driverless car guidelines Overnight Tech: Pressure builds ahead of TV box vote | Intel Dems warn about Russian election hacks | Spending bill doesn't include internet measure MORE (R-S.D.).

But according to USDA, the department does not endorse "Meatless Monday" after all, at least not as an international campaign. The official USDA press account was doing damage control on Twitter late on Wednesday.

"USDA does not endorse Meatless Monday. Statement found on USDA website was posted w/o proper clearance. It has been removed," the team tweeted Grassley.

Sen. Pat RobertsPat RobertsSenate panel approves pension rescue for coal miners Congress set for Saudi showdown with Obama GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase MORE (R-Kan.) responded: "Good!" He then joked in a follow-up tweet, "I should have said 'well done!' "