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.
I will eat more meat on Monday to compensate for stupid USDA recommendation abt a meatless Monday— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) July 25, 2012
USDA HQ meatless Mondays!!! At the Dept. Of Agriculture? Heresy! I'm not grazing there. I will have double rib-eye Mondays instead.— Steve King (@SteveKingIA) July 25, 2012
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."
"I will eat more meat on Monday to compensate for stupid USDA recommendation abt a meatless Monday," tweeted Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyMnuchin, Price meet with GOP senators Business groups express support for Branstad nomination 10 no-brainer ways to cut healthcare costs without hurting quality 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 ThuneOvernight Tech: Last-ditch effort to get Dem FCC commish confirmed | Facebook's Sandberg on fake news | Microsoft completes LinkedIn deal FCC chairman willing to resign to get colleague confirmed Overnight Tech: AT&T, Time Warner CEOs defend merger before Congress | More tech execs join Trump team | Republican details path to undoing net neutrality 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 GOP to Obama: Stop issuing new rules GOP debates going big on tax reform Memo to the LGBT community: Donald Trump is not your enemy MORE (R-Kan.) responded: "Good!" He then joked in a follow-up tweet, "I should have said 'well done!' "
I should have said "well done!" RT @usdapress: USDA does not endorse Meatless Monday. Statement on USDA site posted w/o proper clearance.— Pat Roberts (@SenPatRoberts) July 25, 2012