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WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., today spoke on the Senate floor to urge the speedy passage of a disaster relief package he introduced with a bipartisan group of senators to provide funding for areas including Georgia and other states that are recovering from recent hurricanes, wildfires, and other natural disasters.

“We had terrible disasters in the South and Southeast over the last few years – hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, late freezes – and billions of dollars lost in South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and other locations,” said Isakson. “And we failed to meet the disaster demands that we have on ourselves to help those farmers and ag producers and businesses and industries get back on their feet. We now have a dire crisis, an emergency in the Southeast.”

Isakson warned of the serious consequences of failure to pass the disaster package through Congress in a speedy manner.

“But disasters, when they come, if they’re not responded to quickly and resolutely, end up causing big losses to everybody -- in businesses, in productivity,” Isakson continued.  “…It is very is important that we get them back on their feet…”

Isakson ended his remarks by reiterating the urgent need to provide support for the states that have continued to suffer in the months and years since these natural disasters occurred.

“So I am down here to plead with every Democrat and every Republican to support this disaster relief bill for the Southeastern United States, for Puerto Rico… and all the other provisions that are in it, to see to it that those who are so badly damaged get their relief,” Isakson concluded.

On Tuesday, Isakson cosponsored disaster relief legislation with U.S. Senators David Perdue, R-Ga., Doug Jones, D-Ala., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Rick Scott, R-Fla., Tim Scott, R-S.C., Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., that includes $3 billion to provide critical agriculture disaster relief for farmers recovering in the wake of Hurricane Michael, along with additional funds for communities in Georgia and other states.

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