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DeSantis and Perdue cheered President Donald Trump for signing a $19.1 billion supplemental spending package last week “to assist Americans in recovery efforts from catastrophic disasters over the past three years” which included $480 million to help the timber industry in Northwest Florida recover from the hurricane.
In a letter sent to U.S. Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue on Friday, members of the Florida and Georgia delegations urged the administration to aid state governments in crafting effective forest restoration block grants.
Back in November, then Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam announced that Hurricane Michael caused $1.5 billion in damages to agriculture in the Sunshine State with the vast majority of it--around $1.3 billion--damaging the timber and forestry sectors.
The two Democrats from the Sunshine State joined other congressional Democrats on Tuesday in sending a letter on the matter to U.S. Agriculture Sec. Sonny Perdue.
Trying to keep the GOP in control of the Governor’s Mansion in Florida, former U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., is calling on Republicans at the national level, including several members of the Trump administration, to help him out in the final days of the campaign against Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.
While next week’s general elections continue to dominate Florida’s attention, members of the state’s congressional delegation continue to fight to help residents of the Panhandle impacted by Hurricane Michael.