House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson says the Senate not being able to pass a skinny COVID-19 relief package isn’t the end of the world. “Some of the spending that was proposed is questionable,” says Peterson. “The only thing I really feel bad about is the ag provisions needed in the bill for hogs, turkeys, ethanol and processing plants. Without those provisions getting passed somehow or another, we’re going to lose parts of those industries. There are things that needed to get done and I think they’re the victim of people trying to do too much in this bill.” Lawmakers may try again on another COVID-19 relief package. A more pared down bill could be possible and perhaps something could be done in a continuing resolution, but Peterson says lawmakers are reconsidering putting assistance there.
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