We all know in today’s world it’s getting harder to see bipartisan work done on any bill, especially the Farm Bill in Washington D.C. But Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts says the omnibus appropriations and COVID-19 bills they recently passed reflect his priorities. Speaking of the two pieces of legislation, the Kansas Republican says, “I’m proud to cast one of my final votes in the Senate on behalf of America’s farmers, ranchers, and growers.”
The legislation includes approximately $26 billion for pandemic-related agriculture and nutrition programs. It includes the Securing All Livestock Equitably Act of 2020, which establishes a livestock dealer trust to benefit unpaid sellers of livestock. Plus, it provides funding for meat processors to upgrade plants for interstate shipment of products.
But during last week’s Beltway Beef podcast from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), retiring Senator Roberts agreed that things have changed over the years when it comes to working together.
Along with Roberts, two other top lawmakers that have worked hard for agriculture over the years are also leaving. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn. and House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Mike Conaway, R-Texas.
Hear more of Sen. Roberts comments on the NCBA website.