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Hagedorn supported House bill

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., voted Thursday in favor of the House Appropriations bill to keep the government running and provide $1.375 billion for a border barrier.

President Donald Trump signed the bill Friday and also declared a national emergency in order to fund his full barrier proposal.

“I have consistently said I support President Trump taking the necessary steps to declare a national emergency and re-program appropriations to build physical barriers,” Hagedorn said.

Hagedorn noted that the bill involves far more than just the “wall” funding.

“Rural communities will benefit through more than $3.7 billion for rural development programs and through $660 million for rural broadband expansion,” he said.

“Finally, I’m pleased the bill maintains strong pro-life policy protections regarding conscience protections and prohibitions on federal funding of abortion,” he continued. “The bill [also] will advance drug treatment and recovery efforts, as well as funding to fight opioid abuse.”

Hagedorn was elected in 2018 to represent Minnesota’s First District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He lives in Blue Earth.

Hagedorn gets subcommittee roles

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., has received his subcommittee assignments for the 116th Congress.

For the Agriculture Committee, he will serve on the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee and on the Nutrition, Oversight and Department Operations Subcommittee.

For the Small Business Committee, Hagedorn will serve on the Rural Development, Agriculture, Trade and Entrepreneurship Subcommittee and on the Contracting and Infrastructure Subcommittee.

Hagedorn says the Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee for the Committee on Agriculture will give him an opportunity to tout Minnesota’s leading status as a livestock producer. Nationally, Minnesota ranks first in turkey production and Minnesota’s First District is the second-largest hog-producing congressional district in the country. Hogs make up more than a third of Minnesota’s livestock production and are the state’s top livestock export. Livestock exports account for 20 percent of Minnesota’s total agricultural exports.

“These assignments give me an opportunity to promote pro-growth agricultural policies and advocate for small businesses along with their employees in Minnesota’s First District,” he said.

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