Cornyn, Grassley Thumb Noses at USDA, Order Pile of Meat

Two GOP senators got out plenty of napkins to protest the USDA's "Meatless Monday," an urging of the veg lifestyle in a newsletter that has since been pulled, with a "Meat Monday" today.

Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) toasted the bounty of America's ranches by ordering a big pile of barbeque beef brisket, ribs, and sausage from Hill Country BBQ restaurant in D.C.

“In some of the toughest times they’ve seen in recent memory, Texas cattle ranchers and farmers deserve an Administration who works with them, not one who undermines them with boneheaded decisions from bureaucrats in Washington,” said Cornyn.

“This is a reminder to USDA that it’s supposed to advocate for American agriculture, not against it,” Grassley said.

No word on whether Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack gnawed on some ribs today.

Hill Country's barbecue is dry-rubbed (no sauce) and smoked low and slow with post oak wood shipped specially from Texas, the restaurant states. Meats are hand-carved by pitmasters and can be ordered by the slice, by the rib, or by the link.