WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved Congressman Robert Pittenger’s request to continue Lumberton’s eligibility for certain U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant and loan programs.
The City of Lumberton has previously benefited from USDA economic development programs. However, a small increase in Lumberton’s population meant the city no longer qualified, despite ongoing needs.
Over the past year, Congressman Pittenger has worked with the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development to create flexibility with the population thresholds to allow deserving communities, such as Lumberton, to continue receiving assistance.
Congressman Pittenger’s request was included in the FY2018 federal funding legislation approved today by the U.S. House of Representatives.
“Federal assistance should go where it does the most good. Arbitrary population thresholds shouldn’t be the determining factor,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Lumberton has been hit hard by Hurricane Matthew, unfair trade deals, and unnecessary government regulation. Thank you to my colleagues for joining me in support of this resilient and hardworking community.”
Click here to watch Congressman Pittenger’s March 9, 2017 testimony before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture and Rural Development in support of Lumberton.