Congressman Chris Jacobs, R-NY-27, released the following statement after the House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture met Wednesday to consider the agriculture portion of the proposed COVID-19 budget reconciliation package.
"This legislation was crafted unilaterally without any input from the Republican members serving on the agriculture committee. While there is some good in the bill, it contains many unrelated, partisan provisions that fail to meet the needs of our farmers and my calls for targeted, bipartisan relief.
"In my district alone, there are over 4,400 farms who produce 22% of New York state's total agriculture sales. Western New York farmers supply schools around the country with dairy and supply grocery stores throughout the United States with produce, meat and eggs. The impact of NY-27 farmers on our country is significant, yet we have not held one hearing to assess the current needs of farmers, and my Republican colleagues and I were not consulted.
“Republicans offered several amendments that would improve this legislation by supporting small producers, restarting the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program halted by the president, and redirecting money toward high-speed internet in rural communities. Democrats rejected these amendments, once again refusing to work with us to craft a bipartisan package. It is my hope this does not become the norm for this committee for the 117th Congress, but rather we work together to support America’s oldest and most substantial industry.”
Jacobs has served on the House Committee on Agriculture since his election in June of 2020 during the 116th Congress. He was reappointed for the 117th Congress in January.