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House appropriators press USDA on trade aid package

February 12, 2020 at 11:57 AM
House Appropriations Committee members on Tuesday grilled the Agriculture Department’s inspector general over the Trump administration’s bailout fund for farmers hurt by trade tensions, singling out payments to a Brazilian meatpacker for scrutiny. The Trump administration has allocated $28 billion over two years to farmers hit by retaliatory tariffs imposed by China and other countries in response to U.S. trade actions. At a hearing of the appropriations agriculture subcommittee, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) asked USDA Inspector General Phyllis Fong about...

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