Braun Votes Again $19.1 Billion Senate-Passed Disaster Bill
Indiana Ag Connection - 05/24/2019
U.S. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) released the following statement following his decision to vote against the $19.1 billion emergency supplemental bill that eventually passed in the Senate.
"In the private sector we budget for rainy days and offset unexpected expenditures with spending cuts, and the same principles should apply to Congress because the current disaster assistance process is just another path for runaway spending on unrelated
projects," said Braun."If legislators in Washington actually read this $19.1 billion spending bill, maybe they would share my concern with spending taxpayer funds on pet projects - like provisions for cherry farmers who make over $900,000 a year - instead of
dealing with real problems like relief for victims of natural disasters or the humanitarian crisis on our southern border."
The legislation provided assistance to farmers and others impacted by disasters 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).