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 GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP plays hardball in race to confirm Trump's court picks Trump officials ratchet up drug pricing fight Dems angered by GOP plan to hold judicial hearings in October 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 Randolph ThuneDemocrats slide in battle for Senate Through a national commitment to youth sports, we can break the obesity cycle Florida politics play into disaster relief debate 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 RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsEvangelical leader: Not worth risking ties with Saudi Arabia over missing journalist GOP loads up lame-duck agenda as House control teeters Congress allows farm bill to lapse before reauthorization deadline MORE (R-Kan.) responded: "Good!" He then joked in a follow-up tweet, "I should have said 'well done!' "