Sen. Leahy says coronavirus relief bill has additional nutrition dollars

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Sen. Leahy says coronavirus relief bill has additional nutrition dollars

The Vice-Chair of Senate Appropriations Committee says the latest coronavirus relief legislation includes more money for nutrition programs.  Democrat Patrick Leahy from Vermont spoke on the Senate floor Tuesday, saying it’s critical to support the most vulnerable among us with the coronavirus relief bill. “And that’s why I’ve fought to include significant new resources for programs that provide food to those in need, including child nutrition programs, SNAP, and senior meals.”

Leahy says Congress must act now to improve access to food. “This is very sad to have to say, as the public health crisis progresses, the demand for nutrition programs is only going to grow in the coming months.”

Leahy says every Senator represents a rural area, and Democrats and Republicans worked to put resources towards rural medical care providers and first responders.  He did not mention other specific agricultural assistance in the relief bill.

Leahy did say how much additional aid is proposed for the nutrition programs.

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