House passes COVID-19 relief act, Ag committee’s Michael Conway issues statement


House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member K. Michael Conaway (R-TX) issued the following statement in response to House passage of the COVID-19 relief bill:

“Today, the House passed legislation that will provide immediate economic relief to all Americans to help our country get through these extremely trying times. Included in this relief package is critical help for our farm and ranch families, who are officially recognized by the U.S. government as critical infrastructure and must keep working in order to keep our grocery shelves stocked.

“Our farm and ranch families are living up to this charge and getting it done even under the enormous financial strain of seven straight years of economic recession in agriculture. As they continue to care for their livestock and head into the fields to plant, I strongly urge the Administration and USDA to work swiftly to get this much needed aid to our nation’s farmers and ranchers without delay.

“If this legislation is to succeed in bolstering the economy, the overriding goal must be to get aid to all Americans as quickly as possible, including farmers, ranchers, and rural America.”