The U.S. House of Representatives voted to delay mandatory country-of-origin labeling for two years until September 2006, but the Senate won't vote on the measure until it reconvenes in January. At that time, the Senate could reverse the House's efforts to delay COOL.

In November, the Senate did vote in favor of an amendment instructing agriculture appropriations conferees to remove the House language from the final agriculture spending bill.

Supporters of COOL contend that delaying the bill until 2006 would effectively kill it.