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Disaster Relief Legislation Becomes Law
Nebraska Ag Connection - 06/07/2019

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse released the following statement after President Trump signed disaster relief legislation into law. Sasse and the Senate passed the legislation last month.

"This is great news for our state. I'm grateful that the President signed this relief legislation into law. It's an important down payment and a big deal for Nebraska as we keep working hard to recover."

The legislation:

- Expands payment for lost crops and livestock to include "milk and on-farm stored commodities" and "crops prevented from planting in 2019."

- Adds $500 million in emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers for rehabilitating farmland damaged by natural disasters, including the 2019 Floods.

- Increases funds for Air Force construction costs from $700 million to $1 billion and included 2019 flood damage.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today commended President Trump's signing of the disaster relief bill that will provide $19 billion in assistance to states and territories hit by flooding, hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters.

"Congress provided much needed resources to assist farmers, ranchers and producers dealing with extensive damage to their operations caused by natural disasters," said Perdue."President Trump is committed to helping America's farmers get back on their feet following recent natural disasters. I thank him for his leadership and I thank the members of Congress from Georgia, Florida and the Carolinas who fought so hard to make sure this bill passed. We look forward to implementing this disaster aid package in a fair way and working with state leadership to identify where the true losses and needs are to best serve our fellow Americans in need of a helping hand."

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