Hulshof Supports Agriculture Disaster Insurance
The U.S. House of Representatives has passed disaster assistance for farmers. Unfortunately, the assistance was passed with strings attached.
H.R. 2207 provides relief to farmers who have incurred eligible losses in 2005, 2006 or early 2007. It passed the House late last night with a strong bipartisan majority, 302-180.
However, due to political gamesmanship from the Democrat majority, the U.S. Senate will not be able to consider the merits of H.R. 2207 by itself. Instead, House Democrats have decided to tie much-needed disaster assistance to the ongoing battle over funding for our troops in Iraq. The Senate will have to consider H.R. 2207 along with two other unrelated bills.
"There's clearly a need for an agriculture disaster package," said U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof (MO-09). "That being said, it's outrageous that the majority has tied this needed aid to the completely unrelated situation in Iraq. Missouri farmers should not be held hostage to the Democrats' strategy du jour for Iraq."
Almost every county in Missouri has been declared a natural disaster area at some point since 2005. In that year alone, Missouri farmers lost more than $380 million because of drought.
As passed by the House, H.R. 2207 provides crop disaster assistance and livestock assistance for eligible producers.
"I urge the Democrat Leadership to realize the hardship imposed by natural disaster in rural areas, end the political posturing and begin working in earnest to pass a agriculture disaster package that is not bogged down on unrelated matters," Hulshof stated. "Our farmers need this assistance now. They shouldn't be used as pawns in the ongoing political games of Washington, DC."