Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is railing against Congress for what he calls its inaction with regard to Southwest Georgia farmers who were affected by Hurricane Michael last year.
According to Kemp, no disaster relief funds have been appropriated to the state by Congress since the hurricane made landfall Oct. 10. The hurricane did an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to Georgia crops.
Kemp’s statement is below in its entirety:
“Georgia farmers, who suffered generational losses during Hurricane Michael, are on the verge of bankruptcy,” said Governor Kemp. “Yet a handful of vindictive politicians refuse to end the gridlock and provide the resources these hardworking Americans so desperately need.
“This gridlock exposes the rotten core of some in Congress. They would rather crush an entire industry – destroying the livelihood of countless Americans – than do something that the opposition party wants. This dire situation highlights the brokenness in Washington. We have reached a low point as a nation.
“We refuse to excuse the political games that exploit our farmers and discount the dire situation in Southwest Georgia. We will not settle for gridlock that compromises the future of so many hardworking Georgians. This is not an empty threat from a red state governor. This is a promise – we will not stand down until Congress stands up for our farmers.”
Kemp joins Georgia’s Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue, who introduced a disaster relief package in back in February.