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Trump Signs Disaster Relief Package

Dan Economy, Florida, Forestry, Industry News Release

President Donald Trump on Thursday signed into law a $19.1 billion disaster-relief package that Florida officials have sought since Hurricane Michael pounded the Panhandle in October. The signing followed the U.S. House voting 354-58 on Monday to approve the measure, which passed the U.S. Senate earlier. The package is intended to assist communities in more than 40 states impacted by …

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Reaction from Industry on President Signing Disaster Relief Package

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall “The disaster relief measure signed by President Trump today is an important lifeline for farmers and ranchers whose greatest desire is to keep producing the food, fuel and fiber that make our way of life possible. The last two years have brought historic hurricanes like Florence and Michael. We have faced wildfires, tornadoes …


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 …


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 …

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Industry Response to Disaster Relief No Vote

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried A $19.1 billion disaster relief bill – set for passage seven months after Category 5 Hurricane Michael devastated the Florida Panhandle – was single-handedly blocked by a lone freshman member of the House of Representatives. Commissioner Nicole “Nikki” Fried offered the following statement: “It’s craven, shameful politics at its worst that a single House member would choose …


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 …


Industry Reaction to U.S. Senate Approval of a Disaster Aid Package

Dan Economy, Industry News Release, Weather

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) applauded Senate passage of a disaster supplemental that will provide much-needed funds to Florida’s Northwest communities, which were devastated by Hurricane Michael more than seven months ago. With Senate passage, Rubio urged the U.S. House of Representatives to swiftly approve the long overdue disaster relief package, and send the measure …


Disaster Relief Still Not Here; Officials Frustrated

Dan Economy

There was still no word about a disaster-aid relief package as last week ended and frustration built. Georgia Representative Austin Scott had some choice words for the current administration about the situation. During a subcommittee meeting, Scott said, “When things are then handed off to people at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), who consider the American farmer and …

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Senators Decry Lack Of Action On Disaster Aid For Suffering States

Dan Economy, Industry News Release

U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA) joined Senate colleagues, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), in expressing disappointment in Congress’ failure to deliver critical disaster aid to their states to assist in recovery efforts from natural disasters in 2018 and 2019. It has been six months since Georgia and Florida took a direct hit from Hurricane …