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May 10-- U.S. Congressman Rick W. Allen (R-GA-12) issued the following statement today after voting in support of H.R. 2157, the Supplemental Appropriations Act, which would provide critical disaster relief funding for farmers and ranchers who suffered devastating losses due to natural disasters, including Hurricane Michael and the 2017 freeze to blueberry and peach crops. H.R. 2157 passed in the House today by a vote of 257-150.  

“When Hurricane Michael ripped through the Southeastern region of the United States, it left behind severe destruction and devastation throughout our agricultural communities and rural Georgia. Finally, after over six months of political charades, we were afforded the opportunity to vote on a standalone disaster package,” said Congressman Allen. “While this legislation is not perfect, today’s passage in the House means that we are one step closer to providing overdue relief to our Georgia farmers. I cannot overstate the importance of getting a disaster package signed into law as soon as possible—our farmers will only continue to face heightened uncertainties and financial burdens if this process drags on—and I will continue to be a voice for Georgia agriculture and rural America.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.  Congressman Allen's office says the Senate may accept the House Bill or fashion its own for consideration by a conference committee made up of members of both chambers.

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