New Senate GOP bill includes more direct aid for farmers

A new Senate bill introduced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday includes more direct aid for farmers.

Members could vote on the bill this week that includes $20-Billion-dollars in additional coronavirus aid for agriculture.

North Dakota Senator John Hoeven says he and Iowa Senator Joni Ernst pressed to have the ag provisions in the targeted bill.

But, the measure is unlikely to become law unless an agreement is reached between the House and Senate and President Trump signs it.

Democrat leaders call the proposal a “skinny” bill that is “completely inadequate” to meet the needs of Americans.

Senate Ag Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow has said Congress will not pass aid to farmers without a boost to nutrition benefits which the new bill does not include.

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