09/17/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/17/2020 23:51
WASHINGTON - Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, today issued the following statement after President Trump announced a second Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) to provide relief for farmers and ranchers. CFAP 2.0 is being provided using the $14 billion in Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) funding Hoeven worked to secure in the CARES Act. USDA estimates it will provide about $13.2 billion when payment limitations are applied.
'We appreciate President Trump and his administration's support for our farmers and ranchers,' said Hoeven. 'Despite the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic as well as challenges from weather to markets, our farmers and ranchers have never wavered in their work ethic, or their commitment to feed America. We secured $14 billion under the CARES Act to provide our producers with vital support to help weather the challenges in farm country. At the same time, we continue working to provide additional assistance to help our farmers and ranchers.'
Hoeven has been working to secure additional assistance for producers using $14 billion in CCC funding provided under the CARES Act. Over the last two months, Hoeven has spoken with numerous officials in the White House and USDA to outline the importance of using the funds to provide assistance and advocate for the needs of North Dakota farmers and ranchers. That includes advancing this priority this week in conversations with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought.
As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven continues working to secure additional support for farmers and ranchers and is also advancing the standard, full reimbursement of the CCC as part of a continuing resolution (CR), which will support farm bill programs. Today, Hoeven led a Senate colloquy with members of the Senate Agriculture Committee outlining the importance of fully reimbursing the CCC as part of the CR.