Hatch Secures Utah Priorities in Farm Bill Package

Press Release

Date: Dec. 11, 2018
Location: Washington, DC

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the President Pro Tempore of the United States Senate, released the following statement after several key Hatch priorities were included in the final text of the Farm Bill.

The legislation included two bipartisan Hatch bills, the Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act (click here) and the Food Donation Act (click here).

"After much hard work and compromise, the Farm Bill is moving forward to the benefit of many diverse stakeholders in Utah and across the nation," said Hatch. "From areas as different as feeding the hungry to habitat conservation, this Farm Bill is going to make a real difference. As a longtime champion of eliminating hunger, I was proud to see the inclusion of provisions to remove barriers that will increase donations of safe, nutritious, and quality food. Senator Blumenthal shares my goal of supporting hungry families in need, and I appreciate his bipartisan partnership. Also, with the bipartisan help of Senator Heinrich, we made great strides in reducing wildfire risk, strengthening ecosystems, and restoring critical habitats, proving that conservation and active forest management can still meaningfully exist."

Statements of Support

Senator Hatch's Food Donation Act was supported by the Utah Food Bank, Feeding America and the Harvard Law School Food, Law and Policy Clinic. The Sage-Grouse Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act has been supported and aided by the efforts of the Mule Deer Foundation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, API, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Wild Sheep Foundation, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, North American Grouse Partnership, and Boone & Crockett Club.

Gina Cornia, Utahns Against Hunger Executive Director:

"Utahns Against Hunger thanks Senator Hatch for leading on getting key provisions of his Food Donation Act included in the 2018 Farm Bill. Because of his efforts we are reducing food waste and bringing more food options to families who are going hungry. Senator Hatch has always led on working toward eliminating food insecurity in the US and we are proud that one of his last legislative efforts was to support, children, parents and all to have greater access to food. We will miss his leadership and commitment to the programs that really matter to his constituents."

Background

Food Donation Act:

Key provisions of the legislation were included to bolster food donations across the country, which will help eliminate food waste and increase food options for families who are going hungry.

Sage-Grouse and Mule Deer Habitat Conservation and Restoration Act:

The legislation allows for responsible, active forest management to improve ecosystems, reduce wildfire risk, and eliminate pinion and juniper encroachment on Sage-grouse and mule deer habitat. The bill makes it easier for land managers and wildlife organizations to work together on vegetation management projects that benefit the environment, and it gives the Bureau of Land Management the tools it needs to better preserve precious habitats for both Sage-grouse and mule deer.


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