USHCC applauds Congress for Bipartisan Passage of the Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) congratulates Congress on reaching a successful bipartisan deal on the Agriculture Act of 2014, commonly known as the Farm Bill. The bill, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama, allocates nearly $1 trillion toward farm support programs and nutritional assistance for hardworking families still struggling through America's economic recovery.

"The USHCC applauds the passage of this bill. It gives homage to our nation's original small business owners and entrepreneurs – American farmers and ranchers," said President & CEO Javier Palomarez. "This country was founded and developed from the entrepreneurial spirit and industriousness of America's farmers and ranchers. The Agriculture Act of 2014 is a rededication to those who are responsible for the fresh food on our plates, the cotton clothing on our backs and the wood furnishings in our homes. We commend Congress for summoning cooperation on an issue that has a resonating economic effect on all Americans."

After a 2-year impasse on the bill, Congress has successfully reached a compromise that gives relief to millions of Americans in underserved communities and farm owners nationwide. While the agreement reached is not ideal, it demonstrates the continued ability of Congress to address our country's most pressing issues despite divided government.

"While far from perfect, this bill sends the message to Americans everywhere that our nation's elected officials can still work together for the common good," said USHCC Chairman of the Board Marc Rodriguez. "As the United States continues to lead the world in food production, it's heartening to see the most fundamental needs of our farmers and ranchers being met. The USHCC is proud to move past the gridlock and into collaborative compromise."

About the USHCC

Founded in 1979, the USHCC actively promotes the economic growth and development of our nation's entrepreneurs. The USHCC advocates on behalf of nearly 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that together contribute in excess of $468 billion to the American economy, each year. As the leading organization of its kind, the USHCC serves as an umbrella to more than 200 local chambers and business associations across the nation, and partners with more than 220 major corporations.

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CONTACT: Valentina Pereda USHCC Director of Communications 202-489-2932Source:United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce