Sep 19 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) joined Republican members of the Senate Appropriations Committee in sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey pressing them to support our farmers and ranchers by ensuring that Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments are not excluded from the House of Representatives’ Continuing Resolution (CR).
Congress routinely replenishes the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) which funds programs in the United States Department of Agriculture that support farmers and ranchers during hard times.
“We are deeply concerned about the efforts of Democratic members of the U.S. House of Representatives to intentionally omit provisions in a CR in an attempt to prevent or delay Market Facilitation Program payments to our nation’s struggling farmers and ranchers,” the senators write.
“The upcoming CR must include the anomaly requested by USDA that would allow them to access the $30 billion in spending of the Commodity Credit Corporation prior to October 1st to ensure the Market Facilitation Program payments and farm bill programs continue uninterrupted,” the senators write.
The full text of the letter is here.