Durbin releases statement on drought relief from the White House

By WEEK Reporter

Durbin releases statement on drought relief from the White House

August 8, 2012 Updated Aug 8, 2012 at 10:03 AM CDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released a statement Tuesday after President Obama announced measures the Administration is implementing to help those impacted by the drought.

The Obama Administration plans to provide additional assistance for livestock and crop producers, increasing the capacity for lending to small businesses, and waiving certain requirements on trucks helping to provide relief.

"Agriculture is the number one industry in Illinois in terms of economic impact, contributing more than $8.85 billion to the state's economy every year," Durbin said.  "When farmers struggle, the entire state feels it."

Durbin sees the new measures as being helpful to farmers, but does not think they will provide a long term solution.

"Though important, these actions are not a substitute for comprehensive legislation that provides much needed disaster assistance and gives farmers the certainty they need to plan for a productive, sustainable future," he said.  "The House of Representatives can give them that certainty by passing a long-term bill as the Senate did over a month ago."

The Senate passed a new five-year farm bill in June.  However, the House has yet to bring the bill to vote.

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