Rep. Tom Rooney: “Help for Florida’s Citrus Industry is on the Way!”
Washington D.C. – U.S. Representative Tom Rooney (FL-17), a senior member of the House Agriculture Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement in response to the House’s final passage of legislation that includes disaster relief funding for Florida’s victims of Hurricane Irma:
"The package we passed today fully-funds my request to help Florida farmers and growers recover from the storm, providing a total of $3.6 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, $2.36 billion of which will be used to make direct payments to citrus producers who’ve suffered hurricane-related crop losses last year,” Rooney said.
“In today’s political climate, any bipartisan breakthrough in Washington constitutes a miracle,” Rooney said. “I am glad Congress was able to put politics and partisanship aside and finally deliver a long-awaited lifeline to Florida’s iconic citrus industry. It is so easy for some to forget that five months ago Hurricane Irma decimated Florida's Heartland. While many were able to resume daily life quickly after the storm, the situation facing Florida’s citrus industry has only grown grimmer."
“I want to thank Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for all his hard work in both Florida and Washington to shepherd this relief to our growers. I especially want to thank Congressman Dennis Ross for standing with our growers over the last five months and for remaining resilient in his efforts until this relief came through. The citrus industry plays such an important role to our economy and communities across the state. Today is a great day for Florida.”