Before last week’s recess, the House Agriculture Committee moved a reconciliation bill offering more COVID relief for rural America. Minnesota Representative Michelle Fischbach says there are rural healthcare grants included in the bill. “Clinics and hospitals that saw a loss in revenue will be able to get some of that,” says Fischbach. “My concern is we haven’t used $1 trillion of the former COVID relief money. We’re adding on additional COVID relief when we haven’t spent what we’ve had. Then, we turn around and President Biden has suspended the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program money for farmers.” The House is expected to vote on the bill later this week.
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