Louisiana lawmakers respond to USDA decision to purchase $30 mil in shrimp

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A view of rows of raw shrimp on display at a local grocery store.

WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Senators Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) released statements today supporting the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) decision to purchase $30 million of shrimp in an effort to help alleviate food insecurity, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The downstream benefit of the decision will provide additional support for producers, including Louisiana shrimpers who have been adversely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

I applaud the Trump Administration for approving $30 million of shrimp purchases under the Section 32 program, which distributes emergency food assistance to states and food banks nationwide. This is great news for the U.S. shrimp industry, including Louisiana shrimpers, who tirelessly work to provide their delicious, world-class product. This program will support our shrimpers who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, while providing U.S. shrimp proudly produced in Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast to the families who need it most.

House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.)

The USDA made the purchase under the Agriculture Act of 1935, which provides for national food assistance during emergencies.

Louisiana shrimpers and their families produce the best seafood in the world. Season after season, Louisiana shrimpers have faithfully put food on the table for millions of Americans, and I admire their hard work and dedication during this crisis. The USDA’s decision is a win-win for Louisiana shrimpers and Americans who need a little help to persevere through hard times.

U.S. Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.)

According to a press release on April 6, U.S. Congressman Garret Graves secured up to 20 million pounds of U.S. shrimp to be purchased from Louisiana and Gulf Coast shrimpers and processors by the USDA.

In a letter, Graves thanked USDA Sec. Sonny Perdue for directing the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the USDA to purchase wild-caught, warm-water shrimp that landed in the United States.

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