House Ag leaders ask for coronavirus testing funds


House Ag leaders ask for coronavirus testing funds

House Agriculture Committee leaders are calling for a $250-Billion-dollar investment for coronavirus testing in the next legislative coronavirus aid package, making it a priority for “frontline” food and ag workers.

Chairman Collin Peterson and subcommittee chairs Vela and Costa, along with Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester are asking House and Senate leaders to include that amount in the next aid bill. They say in the absence of leadership in the White House, Congress must act.

The four say without more testing, “workers cannot feel confident their workplaces are safe, no matter what steps employers take to clean and sanitize.”

The lawmakers say they represent a cross section of the nation’s agriculture, from hogs, dairies and row-crop farms in Minnesota to citrus and cattle in Texas, almonds and produce in California to poultry, melons and sweet corn in Delaware.

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