Senate COVID package stalls

Legislative Watch: COVID package not likely until after election; stop RFS waivers; food insecurity drops in '19; talks with U.K. resume; seasonal produce plan released.

 

P. Scott Shearer, National Hog Farmer

Sep 11, 2020

 

The $650 billion Senate Republican targeted coronavirus relief package that included additional funds for agricultural producers failed Thursday to reach the necessary 60-vote threshold for passage. Senate Republican leadership proposed a smaller package in an effort to unify Republican members.

 

The bill included $300 in weekly federal unemployment insurance through Dec. 27; established coronavirus liability protections for businesses, schools, universities, hospitals, local governments, etc.; provided $29 billion for health care; and $105 billion for schools and universities.

 

USDA would have received an additional $20 billion for farm assistance. It continued the approach used under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act which gives USDA the authority to determine how the funds would be used to provide assistance to producers.

 

With both sides so far apart in what the size and scope of a coronavirus package should be, the prospects of a bill passing before the election seems remote at this time.

 

Industry wants Trump to stop RFS waivers ...

 

Food insecurity down in 2019 ...

 

U.S.-U.K. talks resume ...

 

Administration releases seasonal produce plan ...

 

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