Bennet, Moran, Johnson, Craig Urge Secretary Vilsack to Prioritize Support for Small Meatpackers in American Rescue Plan Implementation

Funding in COVID-19 Relief Bill Will Help Support Small Meatprocessing Facilities to Prevent Backlogs in the Food Supply Chain

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and U.S. Representatives Dusty Johnson (R-S.D.) and Angie Craig (D-Minn.) urged U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to prioritize reducing U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) overtime fees for very small and small meatpackers as he works to implement the American Rescue Plan, which designated $100 million to reduce these fees, based on Bennet’s Small Packer Overtime and Holiday Fee Relief for COVID-19 Act.
Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced he will chair the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Climate, Forestry, and Natural Resources and the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance’s Subcommittee on Energy, Natural Resources, and Infrastructure.