Farm Groups Applaud CCC Agreement

The decision by House lawmakers to include Commodity Credit Corporation funding in the continuing resolution demonstrates their support for America’s farmers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. The stopgap measure provides nearly $8 billion for nutrition assistance programs, replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation, and stipulate some Congressional oversight of spending through CCC. Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall says, “While we were disappointed it recently became a political flashpoint, we are pleased lawmakers on both sides of the aisle recognize that these funds help to sustain conservation programs and stock America’s pantry.” National Farmers Union President Rob Larew stated, “We are relieved that the House has come to an agreement.” The agreement, passed by the House 359-57, keeps the federal government funded through December 11. Republicans and some House Democrats representing rural areas were critical of the original House proposal that didn’t include CCC funding. Democrats were seeking accountability in the program, referring to a White House proposal that would have used CCC funds for oil companies.