House Democrats Support Trade Aid

House Democrats Support Trade Aid

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After push back from rural lawmakers, House Democrats may allow trade assistance payments to proceed as planned.

In a joint statement, House Ag Committee Chairman Collin Peterson and California Congressman Jim Costa say "although we mutually have concerns with President Trump's approach to trade negotiations, we refuse to engage in the same tactics that punish our constituents and harm our communities that rely on agriculture," adding that "we cannot and will not allow our farmers to be used as political pawns."

The House Appropriations Committee is currently working on a new spending bill to keep the government running after September 30th, including funding for USDA trade aid programs.

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