Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik voted in favor today of the Protecting America’s Food and Agriculture Act of 2019, legislation she cosponsors. This bill authorizes U.S. Customs and Border Protection, every fiscal year, to add 240 new U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialists, 20 agriculture canine teams, and additional support staff in the Office of Field Operations. This is expected to continue until the number of specialists sustains the requirements put forward by the Agriculture Resource Allocation Model.

“It is in the best interest of our national security to ensure that our food supply is sufficiently protected from any outside interference,” said Congresswoman Stefanik. “In my visits to our Northern Border, I have witnessed the need for more staffers who are specially trained in this area. I am proud to vote in favor of this legislation to provide adequate resources and staffing at our borders and protect our country’s food and agriculture interests.”