United States Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), a family farmer, member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and incoming chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, released the following statement regarding U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue’s announcement that USDA will extend the deadline for farmers affected by ongoing trade disputes to apply for assistance beyond the Jan. 15 deadline once the federal government re-opens.
“This was an issue my office has been in contact with USDA about. I appreciate Secretary Perdue’s willingness to make this very reasonable accommodation. Farmers who haven’t been able to apply for trade assistance would’ve missed the deadline through no fault of their own. It’s worth recognizing that farmers applying for assistance in the first place are hurting because of a trade war they didn’t start. As the partial government shutdown goes on, efforts from the Trump administration to mitigate the consequences will become tougher and tougher. I hope Democratic Party leaders come to the table and negotiate in good faith. Reopening the federal government and providing adequate resources for border security aren’t in conflict. Both can both be done and I hope they are soon.”