Flooded Farmers Continue to Wait on Disaster Aid

April 16, 2019 03:38 PM

Washington lawmakers are on break the next couple of weeks for Easter recess, which means farmers waiting on disaster aid will have to keep on waiting.

Vice President Mike Pence pledged help in Iowa last week while touring flood-damaged portions of the state.  He visited Lincoln's Ridgeview Farms in Pacific Junction where he met with members of the agricultural community affected by the recent severe flooding in Iowa and Nebraska.

He added that he was surprised by how much devastation still existed a month later, but promised to take their needs to Congress.

Pence saying, "It's remarkable to think that a month has gone by, several weeks since I had the opportunity to be in the area, and to see frankly how much water is still here, how much devastation still exists, and I'll carry that back, as your Senators will, to leaders on Capitol Hill and call on them to come together and approve a disaster assistance bill for Iowa and Nebraska and do it now."

The House passed a $14 billion measure in January, but the measure got tangled up during the partial government shutdown and disagreements over funding for Puerto Rico.  Last week, the House Appropriations Committee unveiled a new bill with $3 billion more to respond to flooding in Midwestern states such as Iowa and Nebraska.

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