02.27.19

Senator David Perdue Urges Quick Action On Disaster Relief

“If we do not help these people right now, they may lose their businesses and livelihoods through no fault of their own.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spoke on the Senate floor about the importance of quickly passing a disaster relief bill and encouraged Senate colleagues to support the bipartisan disaster relief package he introduced with Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) and other senators.

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Senator Perdue on Disaster 2

Highlights:

Time Is Of The Essence: “Our farmers simply cannot wait on disaster relief any longer. The situation in my state is dire. Rural communities are suffering. Economic activity is at an absolute standstill in many places because the federal government has yet to do its job. If we do not help these people right now, they may lose their businesses and livelihoods through no fault of their own. That's the reality we're facing here.”

Disaster Bill Has Trump’s Support: “Senator Isakson and I, along with several other senators, have introduced a supplemental disaster relief bill. President Trump has agreed to sign it. Our bill includes relief for agriculture and also provides additional funds for Georgia and other states like Florida, Alabama, the Carolinas, Alaska, Hawaii, and California that have battled natural disasters over the last year. It also builds on the Trump administration's past efforts and includes the remaining funding for Puerto Rico.”

Win For Farmers: “This bipartisan package is a win for our farmers, it's a win for families and businesses who were devastated by historic hurricanes in the Southeast and wildfires in the West, and it's a win for the people in Puerto Rico who the President has previously helped.”

Committed To Disaster Victims: “The President and Vice President have been absolutely resolute in their support of getting aid to the victims of these disasters. They are now asking Congress to pass our disaster relief bill right now.”

What’s At Stake: “I sincerely hope this body will move quickly and pass this disaster relief bill without further delay. I humbly ask each of my colleagues in the Senate for your individual support and for your vote on this disaster relief package that will save hundreds, if not thousands, of farming families in my home state from having to give up what they love, and that is farming the land that in many cases they inherited from generations of their families.”

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Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.