Democrats Praise GOP Amendments to Meet COVID Needs of Rural America, Vote Lockstep to Oppose Them
Washington, February 10, 2021
Washington, DC – House Committee on Agriculture Republican Leader Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-15) issued the following statement after Committee Democrats passed the Agriculture Committee’s portion of the FY21 budget reconciliation bill on a party-line vote:
“House Democrats made it explicitly clear today there was never any intention to reach across the aisle and that the collective voice of Rural America would be silenced. In one breath, the Chairman and his members praised our amendments, and in the next, they voted against them. They love our ideas and think they are necessary to protect families and the vulnerable from COVID—just not enough to upset Speaker Pelosi’s budget power grab.
I’m proud of our Republican members for putting thoughtful proposals on the table to rein in the Democrats’ bloated bill and elevate the needs of farmers, ranchers, producers, and other communities neglected by this flawed process.
I was also pleased to see Congresswoman Axne join our efforts to expand disaster assistance for producers who suffered disaster losses in 2020.”
The House Agriculture Democrats’ reconciliation measure:
Committee Republicans offered a number of proposals. However, Democrats: