BISHOP LEADS THE SECOND DISASTER SUPPLEMENTAL BILL
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related agencies spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives and led the second disaster bill, H.R. 2157 to passage in the House. It was passed by a vote of 257 to 150, and now goes to the Senate for consideration.
“American farmers are living through the worst economic crisis in almost 30 years, driven by low commodity prices, trade war pressures, and natural disasters. Those impacted have had their patience stretched thin, and cannot wait any longer for the disaster assistance they were promised,” said Bishop.
“Right now due to disaster losses, farmers cannot pay federal operational loans from last year; nor can they get new loans to plant and operate this year. Planting season is NOW. We are already in growing season. If we miss this window it will have lasting effects on agriculture production including food, fiber, building materials and fuel that will increase costs for the American consumer in Georgia and all over the country.