Stabenow Writes Perdue About Shutdown Impact

Senate Ag Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow wrote a long letter to Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue, talking about the impact of the government shutdown. The Hagstrom Report says she raised concerns about how it’s impacting farmers, families, and rural communities. Stabenow’s letter says, as of Wednesday, the USDA funding lapse hit 19 days, the second-longest shutdown in history. “I am deeply concerned that the shutdown is having a devastating impact on USDA operations, hurting many American farmers and families,” she wrote in the letter. Stabenow raised a number of questions, including how the shutdown would affect the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill was signed into law by the president just one day before the shutdown began. “Careful and quick implementation of the farm bill is critical to the well-being of American farmers and their families,” Stabenow wrote. “This shutdown will greatly slow implementation of this important bill, making it even more difficult for farmers to make planting decisions for this new crop year.” The letter also highlights a number of impacts the government shutdown is having on USDA customers across the country.