Isakson, Perdue cosponsoring federal disaster relief package

Georgia’s two U.S. senators have joined six of their colleagues in introducing bipartisan disaster relief legislation for victims of a series of natural disasters that took place primarily in the Southeast.

The $13.6 billion would go to Georgia to help farmers who suffered losses when Hurricane Michael cut a destructive path through South Georgia last fall, and to victims of natural disasters in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama and Alaska.

“In October, President Trump and Vice President Pence both saw the devastation of Hurricane Michael firsthand and promised farmers they would have their backs,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga. “In pushing for this disaster relief bill, the president is fulfilling that promise.”

Georgia’s congressional delegation and Gov. Brian Kemp complained when the disaster aid was left out of the spending bill Congress passed earlier this month to avoid a second federal government shutdown this year.

Kemp praised Isakson and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., for working with their Senate colleagues on the relief bill.

“Their leadership will provide farm families vital assistance as they work to rebuild and revive heavily impacted areas of our state,” Kemp said. “Now is the time for Congress to act quickly, end the delays and gridlock and fulfill their responsibility to the people of Georgia.”

By Dave Williams – Staff Writer, Atlanta Business Chronicle
Feb 27, 2019, 10:46am EST

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