Ranking Member Stabenow Statement on Agreement to Help Families and Farmers in the Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, issued the following statement regarding the agreement on the continuing resolution.

This agreement includes important nutrition provisions, including an expansion of Pandemic EBT for families for the next year and an expansion of this critical assistance to children in childcare. It also protects important flexibilities that allow states and schools to provide nutrition assistance to pregnant women, children and families in need.

The agreement will also improve accountability in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation by banning agriculture funding from being used to bail out oil companies.

“I’ve always said that we need to help both our farmers and our families. This agreement will take a critical step to address the hunger crisis in our country and ensure millions of children can get the healthy food they need to learn and thrive, not just for a few months, but for the coming year.

“Additionally, we secured greater accountability for farmers and taxpayers by stopping the Trump Administration’s misguided plan to give hundreds of millions of dollars of agriculture funds to oil companies. I remain concerned about persistent unfairness in ad hoc USDA payments and I will continue to provide strong oversight to ensure that every dollar is distributed to the farmers who need it the most during these challenging times.”