WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday passed a disaster relief bill that includes a provision that will aid more Northwest cherry growers negatively affected by retaliatory tariffs from China.
The measure, which passed the Senate a few weeks ago, was approved 354-58. The bill will now go to President Donald Trump, who is expected to sign it.
Under the provision, more growers will qualify for the Market Facilitation Program, which provides direct financial assistance to those impacted by tariffs.
Previously, many growers were not eligible because their annual adjusted gross income was more than $900,000. The provision is expected to increase the amount to where all growers would qualify.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, and Congressman Dan Newhouse, a Republican who represents Central Washington, worked together to get the provision in the disaster supplemental budget bill, which also includes financial assistance for those affected by wildfires, hurricanes and floods.
The Market Facilitation Program is one of three ways the U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended support to affected growers. USDA has offered an aid program in which the U.S. government buys agricultural commodities and a grant program that provides trade promotion funds.
USDA recently said it plans to extend an additional $16 billion in federal aid to agricultural producers affected by tariffs and trade disputes.