Kemp blasts Congress for inaction on disaster aid package

Credit: Georgia Secretary of State Office
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By: Associated Press
April 13, 2019

ATLANTA, Ga. (AP) -- Georgia's governor and other state leaders are blasting Congress over its failure to approve a package of disaster relief measures.

Gov. Brian Kemp said recently that the $14 billion aid package is desperately needed by farmers and others who suffered losses when Hurricane Michael swept across the state in October.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that some Georgia farmers might have to declare bankruptcy, sit out the upcoming planting season, sell off land or leave agriculture altogether.

The newspaper reports that members of Congress have been feuding over funding for Puerto Rico as they consider the federal aid package. The political fight is seen as a reason that a bipartisan deal on the funding has not been approved.

Kemp says the gridlock highlights "the brokenness" in Washington.

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