Congressman Sanford Bishop

Representing the 2nd District of Georgia


Apr 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, 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 issued the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY-17) introduced new legislation to provide relief and recovery assistance for Americans affected by recent natural disasters:

“Last January, the House passed an Emergency Disaster Appropriations bill that allocated $14.17 billion in emergency spending to help families and communities recover from hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters. Since then, this bill has been stalled in the Senate due to the President’s political feud with Puerto Rico. This has left millions of Americans unable to rebuild or recoup crop losses. It has also left families hungry from nutrition cuts,” said Bishop.

“This week, Appropriations Chairwoman Lowey introduced an expanded emergency disaster bill that will address the floods in the Midwest and the tornadoes that ripped through Alabama and Georgia. This new bill adds an additional $3 billion to address those disasters, and brings the appropriations total to $17.2 billion which would cover all disasters, and get the much needed funds to those who were direly affected by Hurricane Michael in the Second District of Georgia. I stand ready to get this legislation passed immediately and signed into law, and get the relief to all impacted communities.” 

The full text of the bill – H.R. 2157 – is here. A division-by-division summary of the bill is here.