Rubio Leads Florida, Georgia Colleagues in Urging USDA to Use Disaster Funds to Assist Forest Landowners and Timber Growers

Dan Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) urged United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to implement disaster relief as quickly as possible. Specifically, Rubio and Scott urged the administration to aid state governments in crafting effective forest restoration block grants. In addition to covering a large portion of debris removal, site preparation, and replanting costs, …


Florida Officials Discuss Disaster Aid

Dan Economy, Florida

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spent time in Tallahassee, Florida this morning to take part in a roundtable discussion about the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA) and disaster aid. Various Florida officials were in attendance, including Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. She explains the message they were able to present to Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. And Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s John Hoblick told …


Perdue in Southeast to Discuss Disaster Aid

Dan Economy

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue spent time in both Florida and Georgia on June 7 to participate in round-table discussions concerning the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and disaster aid. Congress finally passed a disaster-relief bill, and the President signed it Thursday. However, some feel since it has been eight months since Hurricane Michael hit parts of the Southeast, the U.S. Department …


Disaster Aid Funding Signed Into Law By President Trump

Dan Economy, Georgia, Industry News Release

Senators Perdue & Isakson fought for months to secure critical funding for Georgians recovering from Hurricane Michael U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) applaud President Donald J. Trump for quickly signing into law critical disaster relief funding for Georgia and other states impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters. Senators Perdue and Isakson have fought …


Chairman Bishop, Congressman Scott Herald Passage of Expanded Disaster Appropriations Bill

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02), Chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies, and Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) issued the following statement after the full House of Representatives passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill by 354-58, sending it directly to the President’s desk: “I am overwhelmingly relieved that …


Long-Sought Disaster Aid Package Passes House

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release

A federal disaster-relief package, long sought by Florida officials and Panhandle residents recovering from the ravages of Hurricane Michael, received approval Monday from the U.S. House after three earlier attempts were blocked. The 354-58 vote, which came after the House returned from a 10-day holiday recess, sends the $19.1 billion package to President Donald Trump. The Senate backed the measure …


Industry Responds to House Passage of Disaster-Aid Bill

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2019 This bill provides fiscal year 2019 supplemental appropriations to several federal departments and agencies for expenses related to the consequences of recent wildfires, hurricanes, volcanos, earthquakes, typhoons and other natural disasters. The funding provided by this bill is designated as emergency spending, which is exempt from discretionary spending limits and other budget enforcement rules. The bill …


Disaster Relief Blocked Again in Congress

Dan Economy, Florida, Industry News Release, Legislative

A second congressional Republican, arguing for a vote by the full House, blocked an attempt Tuesday to pass long-stalled federal disaster relief funding that would assist Florida’s hurricane-ravaged Panhandle. The latest move came after a group of Panhandle residents targeted — through a full-page ad in the Austin American-Statesman newspaper — a Texas Republican who initially blocked the bill on …


U.S. House Does Not Pass Disaster-Relief Package

Dan Economy, Legislative

It was over 7½ months ago that the Category 5 Hurricane Michael made landfall in the Florida Panhandle before moving through parts of Alabama and Georgia. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate finally passed a $19.1 billion disaster relief package in an 85-8 vote, which would provide disaster-aid funding to various parts of the U.S. not only because of hurricanes, but …