Conaway Worries Needs of Farmers, Ranchers Ignored in $2.5 Trillion House Coronavirus Bill
President Donald Trump used funding from the Commodity Credit Corporation to provide aid to farmers during the trade standoff with China. In the House Democrat’s 1,404-page phase three coronavirus bill, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not propose to replenish funding for the CCC. Senate Republicans had proposed funding it to provide payments to livestock producers.
Congressman Mike Conaway (R-Tex.) wants to fund the CCC. "It is vital that we replenish and adequately fund the CCC so America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural America receive the crucial help they need,” he said in a press release.
He said the House Democrat’s coronavirus stimulus bill blocks funding for the CCC and jeopardizes the ability of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to deliver on promises made in the 2018 Farm Bill.
According to The Fencepost, House coronavirus bill expands the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by increasing the minimum benefit and stopping the Trump administration from implementing rules that would restrict access to SNAP. It will allow SNAP recipients to purchase prepared, hot food.
The House bill does have some provisions to aid farmers and ranchers, such as farm loan servicing and loan availability, assistance to the dairy industry. It also includes funding for telehealth and distance learning.
“That is why it is so bewildering that the House Democrats proposed a COVID-19 response bill late last night that would prevent USDA from providing critical relief to America’s farmers and ranchers. By failing to replenish and adequately fund the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC), House Democrats would not only deny help in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19, but they would jeopardize the ability of USDA to deliver what was promised under the Farm Bill and recently passed disaster relief.
The current Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee Collin Peterson, D-Minn., did not co-sponsor the $2.5 trillion House coronavirus bill.
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