Sen. Chris Coons, the first Delaware Senator in more than four decades to serve on the Appropriations Committee, joined his colleagues on the committee to approve annual appropriations bills for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies, as well as Energy and Water Development.

These two bills passed out of the Appropriations Committee unanimously and are ready for consideration by the Senate.

“Defending funding for our farmers and rural communities is a priority for me,” Coons said. “I’m thrilled the agriculture bill contains strong funding for animal and plant health, farm conservation programs, rural water and rural housing. These funds will help maintain the health of our poultry industry, ensure produce imported at the Port of Wilmington is disease-free, support farmers in protecting Delaware’s land and waterways, strengthen our rural communities and much more.

“Further, the strong funding for the Army Corps of Engineers in the Energy and Water Development bill means we will be able to make continued investments in harbor maintenance and shore protection. I also strongly support the investments made by the Department of Energy important for basic science, energy innovation and advanced manufacturing. All of these investments mean jobs, economic opportunity and a cleaner environment for Delaware.”