Shea-Porter Votes to Help New Hampshire's Dairy Farmers

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter voted in favor of the Agriculture Appropriations Act, which passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 263 to 162.  Within this bill is $350 million in assistance to dairy farmers, including $290 million to assist struggling dairy producers and $60 million to allow for the purchase of cheese and other dairy products for food banks.  On September 14, 2009, Congresswoman Shea-Porter cosigned a letter to the Agriculture Appropriations conferees urging them to include this funding in a final bill. 

“As a member of the Congressional Dairy Farmers Caucus, I am pleased that funding in this bill will positively impact our struggling dairy farmers right here in New Hampshire,” said Congresswoman Shea-Porter.   “We must continue to make investments in nutritional assistance and rural businesses.”

This legislation makes key investments in public health, rural communities, and conservation.  Other provisions of the Agriculture Appropriations Act include: $58 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help low-income families; $7.25 billion for Nutrition for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); $1.69 billion for International Food Aid; $1 billion in conservation projects; and $169 million for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.