Highway Bill Promises Reversal of Crop Insurance Cuts

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Rep. Mike Conaway receives a Friend of the Rice Industry award from Texas rice farmer Daniel Berglund.
Dec 03, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC – On Tuesday, language was released by the House and Senate conference committee for the final version of the Highway Bill that would officially repeal cuts to federal crop insurance.

Last month, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015, was passed through the House and Senate with the understanding that a provision significantly cutting funding for federal crop insurance would be fully reversed and that cuts would not be taken from elsewhere within agriculture’s appropriations.  This afternoon the Highway Bill overwhelmingly passed the House; the Senate is expected to consider the bill tonight or early tomorrow.  

House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) was the champion for the provision’s reversal and helped ensure the language correcting the cuts was safely placed into the final version of the bill.

USA Rice Vice President of Government Affairs Ben Mosely said, “We’re glad to see that Congress is making good on their commitment to restore full funding to crop insurance as the Farm Bill intended.”  Mosely added, “USA Rice is hopeful that the six-year Highway Bill will be passed soon by Congress and it doesn’t run into any more roadblocks before it’s signed into law.”

USA Rice opposes measures that would prematurely reopen Farm Bill programs.

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