WASHINGTON – Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) today joined a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to expedite relief to America’s beef producers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a letter to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, the lawmakers requested swift support to beef producers, which was secured in the CARES Act.

“The COVID-19 outbreak has demonstrated the need for domestic food security. All farmers and ranchers are vital to our country’s ability to keep food on the table in a future pandemic or related crisis, and many producers, including young producers,are often highly leveraged and cannot fall back on years of equity in a time of crisis,”

Gianforte and other lawmakers wrote. “As such, we urge you to quickly deliver relief to producers as we work to lessen the economic impact of this pandemic.”

Read the full letter from Gianforte and other lawmakers to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue HERE.