Congressman Baird supports creation of CFAP

Monday, April 20, 2020
Rep. Jim Baird

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) applauds the creation of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

The new program will provide much-needed assistance to Indiana farmers and consumers during the COVID-19 emergency, Baird said.

“As a farmer and a member of the House Agriculture Committee, I know how much our farmers are in need of assistance during these challenging times. I am proud to work alongside Secretary Perdue and President Trump to ensure farmers are supported.,” Congressman Baird said. “This program will not only help farmers but will make sure production doesn’t go to waste and instead will go to food banks that are in need.”

The CFAP will use funding from phase two (Families First Coronavirus Act) and phase three (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) of the COVID-19 response packages. The program includes two major provisions:

1.Direct Support to Farmers and Ranchers: The program will provide $16 billion in direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers who have been impacted by COVID-19.
2.USDA Purchase and Distribution: USDA will partner with regional and local distributors to procure food that will be provided to food banks, community and faith based organizations, and other non-profits serving Americans in need. The program will procure an estimated:
a.$100 million per month in fresh fruits and vegetables.
b.$100 million per month in a variety of dairy products.
c.$100 million per month in meat products.

This program will ensure the U.S. food supply chain remains safe and secure amid the pressure of COVID-19, Baird added.

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    Congressman Baird - where in the U.S. Constitution does the government have this authority?

    If you need a copy, let me know and I will send you one.

    You must be friends with Piggy Stockton... federal dollars are magic, limitless dollars in your view.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Mon, Apr 20, 2020, at 1:56 PM
  • I think it is time for you to run for office. Your confidence in the way things should be is strong and you seem to also have confidence in your knowledge/ opinions.

    I am not sure what holds you back. Your passion is represented here often.

    Think about it, you could be in a position to correct all these ills.

    That is much better than continuing to be disappointed, angry, and stressed over the current people who govern.

    -- Posted by beg on Mon, Apr 20, 2020, at 8:58 PM
  • DPR, whereas I do agree that this outpouring of funds from the Federal Treasury is unwise, it is certainly not unconstitutional.

    -- Posted by Koios on Mon, Apr 20, 2020, at 9:24 PM
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    Beg - As pointed out in another thread, I am constrained by a personal schedule.

    And while I appreciate your concern, I can assure you that I am not stressed about it. Disappointed and angry, yes...its called passion and a desire to speak for what is right and against what is wrong.

    ERJVH- please cite Constitutional references (other than the overly vague and abused "general welfare clause").

    All authority is derived from God to the people and held by the people with some authority granted FROM the people TO the government (Federal/State/Local) for the protection of the people and their rights.

    We the people did not grant the authority for the government to take from A by threat of force to give to B.

    -- Posted by dreadpirateroberts on Tue, Apr 21, 2020, at 8:30 AM
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