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Sens. Perdue, Isakson introduce disaster relief package

U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-Georgia), and Johnny Isakson, (R-Georgia), introduced a supplemental disaster relief package on Jan. 30 to provide critical funding for Georgia and other states recovering from recent hurricane and wildfire damage.

“Farmers in Georgia and other states across the country are hurting from historic hurricanes and devastating wildfires,” said Perdue, who is a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee. “We cannot wait around for Congress to complete this year’s government funding. Federal disaster relief should be considered immediately. In October, President Trump and Vice President Pence both saw the devastation firsthand and promised to help Georgia and other states rebuild. Now, Congress has the opportunity to help them keep that promise. I will continue to fight for disaster relief until our farmers and rural communities have the resources they need to get back on their feet.”

 On Nov. 30, 2018, Perdue and Isakson sent two letters requesting additional funding for disaster assistance for Georgians recovering after Hurricane Michael: the first letter to Senate appropriators and the second to Senate leadership.

“Georgia farmers are still recovering from natural disasters in 2017 and 2018, and they need all the support they can get,” said Isakson. “We’ve got to help them and the other farm communities who have had natural disasters change their lives through no fault of their own, and I will keep working to get them the federal aid they need.”

This supplemental funding package will provide about $3 billion for disaster relief across the country, including critical funds for Georgia farmers recovering in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Perdue and Isakson plan to continue raising this issue in the Senate until Congress approves disaster funding. The amendment only addresses agricultural losses and is nearly identical to the agricultural provisions in a House amendment introduced by Reps. Sanford Bishop and Austin Scott on Jan. 17.

 To view the full text of the amendment visit