Hoeven Presses for Passage of Agriculture Assistance on the Senate Floor
WASHINGTON – In remarks delivered on the Senate floor today, Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, outlined the agriculture assistance he worked to include in the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act. The HEALS Act provides $20 billion in direct funding, which combined with the $14 billion replenishment of the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) secured in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, will provide USDA with $34 billion in funding to assist producers.
“Despite mounting losses, our agriculture producers have continued to feed the world while also stepping up to take care of their neighbors right here at home,” said Hoeven. “The $20 billion included in the HEALS Act authorizes assistance to nearly every corner of agriculture and, combined with the $14 billion in CCC replenishment that became available this month, will provide USDA with $34 billion to assist producers. The Senate must act in a timely manner, and I call upon my colleagues to provide this much-needed relief for farm country and rural America.”
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