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Senate Passes Disaster Bill with Flood Recovery Assistance
North Dakota Ag Connection - 05/24/2019

Senator John Hoeven Thursday issued the following statement after supporting disaster relief legislation covering events in 2018 and 2019. As chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee, Hoeven worked to ensure that the legislation provided assistance to farmers and others impacted by disasters in North Dakota and across the Midwest:

The legislation included $3 billion in Farm Disaster Assistance for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Office of the Secretary (OSEC) to cover crop losses stemming from 2018 and 2019 natural disasters. The funding will be administered through OSEC's Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program (WHIP).

"We worked hard to ensure this legislation addressed impacts to farmers as well as those who faced flood disasters along the Missouri River and elsewhere," said Hoeven. "Considering the struggles our agriculture producers currently face, we appreciate our colleagues in the Senate for joining us in a bipartisan effort to provide this much-needed disaster assistance."

According to a release from U.S. Senator Deb Fischer of Nebraska, provision of the bill include:

Agriculture

- $3,005,442,000 for crop losses

- $435 million for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program in the Natural Resources Conservation Services

- $558 million for the "Emergency Conservation Program"

Economic Development

- $600 million for the Economic Development Assistance Program

Army Corps of Engineers

- $1 billion for the Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies account in the Corps of Engineers

Defense

- $670 million for the Air Force Operations and Maintenance in support of disaster relief and recovery

- $1 billion for Air Force Military Construction

- $42 million for National Guard Military Construction

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