In his continuing efforts to fight for disaster funding for Georgians impacted by Hurricane Michael, U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Georgia Farm Bureau representatives to discuss ongoing efforts to advance a bipartisan disaster relief package.
“It’s been nearly seven months since Hurricane Michael hit Southwest Georgia, and Congress still has not fulfilled its responsibility to provide relief for farmers who lost everything,” said Senator Perdue, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “Previous disaster relief packages were not held up in partisan battles like this. Georgia Farm Bureau has been resolute in their efforts to support our farmers and encourage bipartisan consensus among Members of Congress. To our farmers in Georgia – rest assured we will continue fighting until we get disaster relief flowing to Georgia and all states that are hurting.”
Georgia Farm Bureau members travelled to Washington, DC last week to urge leaders to come together to help those impacted by last year’s extreme weather events.
“It has been more than six months since Hurricane Michael swept across Georgia and destroyed nearly $2.5 billion in agricultural commodities and Georgia farmers, along with countless other farmers across the nation, are still waiting for help,” said Gerald Long, President of Georgia Farm Bureau. “Without federal assistance, many in our industry may never recover. We are grateful for the leadership that Georgia Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, along with our entire congressional delegation, have shown throughout this process. It is time for Congress to act, and we stand ready to work with members of Congress and the Trump Administration to find a path forward on a disaster assistance package.”
Isakson and Perdue introduced a bipartisan disaster relief package with the backing of President Donald Trump on Feb. 26, after Congress failed to address the disasters through the appropriations process. They continue to negotiate with their colleagues on a path forward to secure critical funding for Georgia and other impacted states.
Isakson and Perdue’s bipartisan funding package includes:
● Approximately $13.6 billion in overall relief efforts to all those affected.
● Critical agriculture disaster relief for farmers recovering in the wake of Hurricane Michael and other natural disasters across the country.
● Development grants for small, rural communities impacted by natural disasters in 2018.
● Assistance for veterans’ health facilities and military construction projects devastated by Hurricane Michael.
● Emergency funds for critical timber, watershed and wastewater infrastructure needs.
● Restoration of highways, aviation facilities and other transit projects damaged by natural disasters.
● Additional $600 million in nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico in response to President Trump’s disaster declaration.
On April 30, Senators Perdue and Isakson, along with U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-AL), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Thom Tillis (R-NC), held a bipartisan press conference to urge Congress to advance a bipartisan disaster relief package for states impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters.