More and more lately, folks across our nation have started to segregate themselves by ideology, but you won’t see me on cable news fighting with folks – I’m focused on getting things done. We know better in the Central Valley. That’s why I’m proud to be one of the most bipartisan members in Congress. I’m collaborating with folks on both sides of the aisle to grow jobs and opportunity in the Central Valley, protect health care access, and increase our water supply. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat – we all face challenges together as Americans, and the best way through them is to work together.
There are issues that some people will never agree on, but I am a firm believer that there is more that unites us than divides us.
More on Bipartisanship
Modesto, CA – After leading a bipartisan effort alongside over 80 of his colleagues, Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that farmers are now explicitly qualified to receive emergency aid assistance under the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program. This change will allow farmers to access up to $10,000 in grants and $2 million in super low-interest loans.
WASHINGTON – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) released the following statement after voting to pass legislation to provide supplemental support to small businesses and to increase testing.
WASHINGTON – Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Paul Mitchell (MI-10) along with three other colleagues today sent a letter to Robert Redfield, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) asking that first responders be added to the top priority category to receive Coronavirus testing. Last month, the CDC recommended testing prioritization to local authorities, but did not include first responders in the first category.
WASHINGTON – Today, Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Jeff Van Drew (NJ-02) introduced the Fresh Produce for Kids in Need Act to help farmers get their produce to kids in need during the Coronavirus crisis. The bill would suspend a bureaucratic requirement that prevents parents from picking up fresh produce from elementary schools on behalf of their children. Students typically get access to the free fruits and vegetables at school through a federal program.
Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) today announced that Stanislaus County will receive between $90-$96 million through the federal Coronavirus Relief Fund. Rep. Harder supported the passage of the CARES Act in Congress, which made the money available through a new program. The county will use the funding to expand services and cover unexpected costs that have resulted from the response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) is encouraging his constituents who file taxes but don’t have their direct deposit information on file with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to update their information as soon as possible in order to receive their stimulus checks in the next few weeks. The IRS has already started distributing stimulus payments and those who use direct deposit will get their payments weeks earlier than those who wait for a paper check to be mailed. Rep.
WASHINGTON – This week Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10) and Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) will introduce the bipartisan Covid-19 Graduate Relief Act, with six other cosponsors, to allow 2020 college graduates to defer their student loans for three years. The Coronavirus has sent the U.S. job market into a tailspin - last month, the U.S. lost over 700,000 jobs – and this bill will help support recent graduates until the economy rebounds.
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Representatives Josh Harder (CA-10), Antonio Delgado (NY-19) and Anthony Brindisi (NY-22) led a bipartisan letter with over 80 other members of Congress urging the Small Business Administration (SBA) to ensure farmers and agricultural businesses can access immediate Coronavirus relief through the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program under the recently-passed CARES Act. The CARES Act expanded the EIDL program to enable small businesses – including farmers - to access immediate, emergency grants.
Modesto, CA – Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) will host a webinar tomorrow to help small business owners understand and access the relief available to them as the economic fallout resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic continues. The event will feature a presentation by the U.S. Small Business Administration and local experts on small business resources. Businesses can participate directly in the event via Zoom, or watch the event via Facebook Live on Rep. Harder’s Facebook page.
WASHINGTON – Today Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence, the leader of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, asking him to appoint a member of the agriculture community to represent the interests of America’s farmers, farmworkers, and food distributors. As the Coronavirus crisis continues, the agriculture community’s unique needs must have a voice on the Task Force.