Today, Representative Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted to pass a measure that supports Iowa farmers and growers affected by last year’s derecho, extends government funding to avoid a government shutdown, and ensures the United States does not default on its debt.
Legislation passed by the House today includes $ 10 billion to cover crop damage caused by the 2020 derecho and other disasters of 2020 and 2021.
In July, Axne and the House Agriculture Committee pushed forward legislation to cover these agricultural losses through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP +).
“The people of Iowa have been resilient in rebuilding after this terrible day – and I have worked in Washington ever since to ensure that our federal disaster programs are in place for our communities, families and our families. farmers are whole again ”, said representative Axne. “This funding is long overdue, and I hope my colleagues in the Senate will follow suit and approve this measure as soon as possible.”
Axne was also part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers who in April urged House leadership to support farmers and producers affected by the natural disasters of 2020.
The bill presented to the Senate today also includes an extension of government funding until December 3, 2021, which would prevent a government shutdown at the end of this month, as well as language ensuring that the United States does not not default on debts they have already contracted. .
“This is my seventh continuous resolution in less than three years. And on top of that, we are once again on the brink of default on US debt because too many people in Washington would rather play games than do basic congressional homework: funding the government and ensure that the United States pays their bills ”, said representative Axne. “For decades avoiding a default on US debt obligations has been done with bipartisan support. And we must not lose sight of the fact that inaction on the debt ceiling puts our economy and the savings of millions of Americans at risk for the choices made by those who have come before us. Additionally, triggering a government shutdown would hamper our response to COVID-19 and stifle the economic recovery that we have worked so hard to stimulate. While I continue to believe that we find ourselves on these financial cliffs too often, the alternative would be devastating for the families I represent and for our entire country.