Biden called on Republican lawmakers Tuesday to support a deal with President Donald Trump that would give farmers, ranchers and others a leg up on imports.
The vice president also said he was confident that the GOP-led Congress would agree to a measure that allows the U.S. to export goods like corn, soybeans and poultry.
But, he warned, if the trade deal doesn’t pass, he’s ready to move on to the next big issue.
“The trade deals that we want to have, the trade deals, we need to get a deal on,” Biden said.
“It’s not going to be easy.
But it’s going to happen.”
Biden made the remarks at a news conference in Washington, where he met with farmers, cattle ranchers, cattle breeders and ranchers.
The president also visited the Capitol on Tuesday.
He also noted that he will visit a dairy farm in Texas on Tuesday that is owned by a company that’s owned by one of the biggest beef producers in the U, Tyson Foods.
The president said he and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, a Republican, are working with other agencies to come up with a package that protects farmers, the dairy industry and the U’s beef and pork industries.
A new farm bill is being drafted that will protect U.N. employees and the environment, Biden said, and it will include $300 billion in emergency spending for farmers.
The new farm package will also include a $15 billion relief package for food banks, Biden added.
The farm bill has the support of Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has said he would vote for it if he were the nominee.
It’s unclear if Biden will get the support from Corker or other Republican senators.