The federal government will give $15 million to help farmers in states that are grappling with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, as Congress continues its work to avert a repeat of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Agriculture Department said Monday it will distribute $15.6 million to states that have received federal disaster assistance for 2018, as well as $4.6 billion for states that received disaster aid in 2017.
The money will go toward agricultural research, training, infrastructure, disaster relief, flood mitigation and other programs that help farmers recover from natural disasters.
In total, the money will be used to help states recover from the impacts of the storm, which hit Florida in September.
It also will be spent to help agricultural producers who are trying to get by during the aftermath.
The Department of Agriculture will spend the money on research and training programs, training to farmers to be better prepared for the effects of hurricanes and floods, as needed, and equipment, training and grants to farmers in the affected areas.
Flooded homes in Georgia.
(AP Photo/Michael Reynolds)The announcement came amid a flood of criticism from both sides of the aisle for the disaster assistance.
On Monday, Republicans, who control both the House and Senate, slammed the move as a wasteful waste of money, saying the money would help the poor and vulnerable.
In the House, Democrats criticized the administration’s decision to give money to the states and called for a halt to the federal aid.
The move is another example of President Trump using taxpayer dollars to help wealthy people and corporations, not the American people, said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
The president and his allies in Congress continue to claim that this disaster aid is to benefit the middle class, even though the disaster relief funds are not for the middle classes.
But the disaster aid, in fact, is for the wealthiest Americans.
President Trump has also repeatedly claimed that the federal government can’t do anything about the hurricanes that hit the United States in September and December.
He has also argued that the president should get more involved in states and cities to help with the recovery.