The House Agriculture Committee marked up the $8.5 billion 2020 WHIP+ Reauthorization Act on Tuesday. The bill covers 2020 and 2021 disasters and includes all causes of loss from the previous WHIP+ program, expanding on the drought. Minnesota Congresswoman Angie Craig talked about how the bill will help those in drought. “I’m encouraged to see the provisions in the language for the bill that includes D2 level impacts in the losses. Much of Minnesota is suffering from severe drought. That’s the case for many other committee members representing districts in the Midwest and west,” said Craig. “There’s a provision that provides eligibility only after eight consecutive weeks of severe drought conditions and that will be met for many, if it hasn’t been already.” The bill passed unanimously out of committee.
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