Led by Senator Chambliss (R-GA), nine Cotton Belt Senators co-signed a letter to Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Stabenow (D-MI) and Ranking Member Cochran (R-MS) urging inclusion of the Economic Adjustment Assistance Program (EAAP) for domestic textile manufacturers in the Committee's draft of the farm bill. The Senate Agriculture Committee's farm bill draft, recently circulated in the media, includes the EAAP.
Joining Senator Chambliss on the letter were Senators Isakson (R-GA), Burr (R-NC), Hagan (D-NC), Landrieu (D-LA), Pryor (D-AR), Boozman (R-AR) and Graham (R-SC).
Senate Ranking Member Cochran, already a strong proponent of EAAP, recently met with NCC Chairman Jimmy Dodson and reviewed the importance and success of the program during a discussion about the farm bill's cotton title.
The Senate Agriculture Committee has scheduled a farm bill mark-up for May 14, while the House Agriculture Committee will begin their mark-up on May 15.