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Rep. Austin Scott Leads GA Delegation Request for Disaster Assistance in Response to Hurricane Michael

November 26, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – All 14 Members of the Georgia House Congressional Delegation today sent a letter to Speaker Paul Ryan, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, and the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee requesting legislative action by the December 7th government funding deadline to address recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Michael.

Hurricane Michael entered Georgia as a Category 3 Hurricane and was the first major hurricane to directly impact the state since the 1890’s. Recent projections conducted by the University of Georgia place the losses for Georgia’s agricultural industry caused by Hurricane Michael at $2.5 billion. This is the third consecutive year that Georgia’s farmers and communities have been hit by a hurricane.

“We write in support of legislative action to address recent disasters befalling our nation,” wrote the Members. “Over the past month, Georgia has responded to and is now recovering from this devastating storm. We have identified agriculture and the impacted rural communities as critical areas in which the support of the federal government is essential to our recovery.”

Below is the full text of the letter:

 

November 26, 2018

 

The Honorable Paul D. Ryan                                                    The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Speaker                                                                                   Democratic Leader

U.S. House of Representatives                                                U.S. House of Representatives

H-232, U.S. Capitol Building                                                    H-204, U.S. Capitol Building

Washington, D.C. 20515                                                          Washington, D.C. 20515

 

The Honorable Rodney Frelinghuysen                                    The Honorable Nita M. Lowey

Chairman                                                                                 Ranking Member

House Committee on Appropriations                                        House Committee on Appropriations

U.S. House of Representatives                                                U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, D.C. 20515                                                          Washington, D.C. 20515

 

Dear Speaker Ryan, Democratic Leader Pelosi, Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey:

We write in support of legislative action to address recent disasters befalling our nation. For instance, in October, Hurricane Michael came ashore as the third most intense Atlantic hurricane in recorded history, having hurricane force impacts in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, and continuing on to have impacts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland. 

As you know, Hurricane Michael entered Georgia as a Category 3 Hurricane and was the first major hurricane to directly impact the state since the 1890’s. Over the past month, Georgia has responded to and is now recovering from this devastating storm. We have identified agriculture and the impacted rural communities as critical areas in which the support of the federal government is essential to our recovery.

Hurricane Michael was a catastrophic blow to Georgia’s number one industry – agriculture. According to the University of Georgia, losses exceed $2.5 billion.  This absolute devastation of Hurricane Michael which caused widespread damage across South and Middle Georgia is compounded by the fact that for the third straight year, Georgia farmers took a significant hit from a hurricane. Even worse, due to Hurricane Michael, Georgia’s farmers went from having their best crop at harvest to no crop in a matter of hours. This storm hit farmers at their most vulnerable hour during harvest and it is critical that we assist these producers immediately to ensure there can be a crop in 2019. Impacts to Georgia’s agricultural industry have national consequences. Enclosed is a brief by the University of Georgia outlining the impact on Georgia’s agriculture from Hurricane Michael.

Federal assistance for these recent disasters is essential to help our nation recover. We urge Congress to work with the administration to ensure disaster relief resources are made available prior to December 7, 2018. Thank you for your support and we look forward to working with you to secure these critical resources.

Sincerely,

Representative Austin Scott

Representative Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.

Representative Earl L. ‘Buddy’ Carter                                               

Representative A. Drew Ferguson, IV DMD                                     

Representative Henry C. “Hank” Johnson, Jr.

Representative John Lewis                                       

Representative Karen Handel

Representative Rob Woodall                                     

Representative Doug Collins                                     

Representative Jody Hice

Representative Barry Loudermilk                                          

Representative Rick W. Allen

Representative David Scott                                       

Representative Tom Graves                                      

 

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