Emergency Help for Farmers Not Likely

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

U.S. farmers hit hard by drought, drenching rains or other disasters in 2009 shouldn't expect emergency aid from Congress this year.

Chris Gallegos, a spokesman for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi, says the House didn't act on legislation before representatives left Washington for the holiday break, and that means the soonest a package could be approved is next year.

He says the urgency to secure the aid remains and that Cochran, a Republican, would look for options for moving the plan ahead as soon as possible.

Cochran is among the Southern lawmakers pushing for at least $2.1 billion in emergency aid for farmers. They believe existing federal programs can't provide the help needed fast enough.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2009 at 10:48 AM
    and tis is shocking and why.. they already spent moneys that was set for 911 troubles on themselves, TRAP and healthcare
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