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Dec. 24 - Carter Backs Funding for Disaster Relief and Border Wall

Brunswick Business Journal Staff Report


December 24, 2018 - U.S. Representative Buddy Carter said in his weekly newsletter that his constituents in the first district are supportive of building a border wall. “I've heard a loud ‘build the wall’ and I couldn't agree more,” he writes. “I have been to the Southwest border and I have seen the threats we face firsthand. There are illegal drugs, human trafficking, gang members and terrorists coming across our border. It is critical to our national security that we secure our border and it is great news that the House approved this funding.”

Carter also writes that the legislation includes disaster assistance Georgia’s farmers. “For months I have been working to secure assistance for Georgia's blueberry growers to help in their recovery from devastating winter weather. This bill authorizes and directs the United States Department of Agriculture to provide disaster assistance to these farmers. Blueberries are a billion dollar industry in Georgia and the commodity is the backbone of some of our communities. These growers and communities need and deserve this support.”

Carter blames Democrats in the Senate for a partial shutdown. “In the Senate, this legislation requires 60 votes to pass so there needs to be bipartisan cooperation. However, Senate Democrats have put party politics ahead of our national security, disaster assistance and federal workers preventing passage of this federal funding legislation. I strongly urge my colleagues in the Senate to come to the table and support our national security as well as America's farmers and others who need this disaster funding.”

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