“Rest assured that we’re not going to give up on this until it’s resolved”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators David Perdue (R-GA) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA), along with Senators Doug Jones (DAL), Rick Scott (R-FL), and Thom Tillis (R-NC), today urged Congress to advance a bipartisan disaster relief package for states impacted by hurricanes, wildfires, floods and other natural disasters. It has been more than six months since Georgia was devastated by Hurricane Michael in October 2018.
The senators introduced a bipartisan disaster relief package with the backing of President Donald Trump on February 26, 2019 and continue to negotiate with their colleagues in good faith.
Their disaster relief package would provide funding for recovery across the continental United States, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Senator Perdue: Put Politics Aside: “Over the last few years, we’ve seen the United States step up and do the right thing very quickly in a number of instances. With Hurricane Sandy it was three months before that disaster relief was approved.
Hurricane Katrina, it was weeks after the initial response was made, and yet here we are, almost seven months since Hurricane Michael, and even longer since some of these other tragedies. Here we are still trying to work through the political realities.”
Time Is Of The Essence: “Hurricane Michael hit exactly during the week, literally the week, of harvest for a number of major crops, and it totally destroyed much of the economic engine called agriculture.
What does that mean? That means today, many farmers in Georgia are coming into their second or third round of bridge loans through local banks. The local banks need some kind of encouragement from the federal government to say, ‘we’re going to be there for you.’”
Whatever It Takes: “The President is telling us to get this done, whatever it takes. I think both sides are very close to actually getting an agreement on this. I mean honestly at this point of criticality nobody should leave Washington. We shouldn’t go home on the weekend unless we actually get something done on this and I think we are close to doing that.”
Rest Assured: “Rest assured that we’re not going to give up on this until we get this resolved and get disaster relief flowing to all these people across 12 states that are hurting today.”
Senator Isakson: Americans Are Hurting: “We’re talking about a disastrous failure of the government of the United States of America to respond to the needs of the people. I don’t want to leave this Friday without us having done something.
I don’t want to leave tonight without us having done something. So I call on everybody to recognize that we have Americans hurting, Americans who deserve what they expect from their country.”
Agriculture Crisis in Georgia: “When you have an agricultural destruction, once that crop is gone, it is gone. And when it takes trees out, you’re not talking about a cycle of 12 months.
You’re talking about a cycle that’s 14 to 18 years in terms of maturity of those trees.”
Make Disaster Relief Happen Now: “The real disaster is Congress’s inability to pass a disaster aid bill. And until we do it, I’m going to be…fighting to see that we get it done. [Americans] need a country that can respond to the disasters that we’ve had. Let’s make it happen, and let’s make it happen now.”