Congressman Austin Scott

Representing the 8th District of Georgia



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Congressman Austin Scott On Senate’s Failure To Pass Disaster Relief

April 1, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Austin Scott (GA-08) issued the following statement upon the Senate’s failure to pass much-needed federal assistance for communities impacted by natural disasters, including Hurricane Michael.

“For months, I have received calls from farmers and the lenders they rely on that the financial impacts from Hurricane Michael were becoming increasingly more difficult to bear. Since October, we have told them time and time again that help was coming. Rural Americans feel as if they have been forgotten, and they were forgotten again today,” said Rep. Scott. “Democrats in the Senate need to stop playing political games. Providing a helping-hand after devastating natural disasters has never been denied until now. Rural Americans are Americans, too, and they need our help to rebuild.”

Rep. Scott continued: “If the Senate cannot get its act together and reach an agreement, farm bankruptcies will continue, and I fear community banks and businesses that support the farm sector will, too. Mr. President and Senators, these farmers break their backs day-in and day-out to feed and clothe America and the world. Please, don’t abandon them now.”