Hoeven Statement on Legislation to Provide Hurricane Relief, Raise Debt Ceiling and Fund Government

Senator Speaks with USDA Secretary to Continue Working to Provide Disaster Relief for North Dakotans Impacted by Drought

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven issued the following statement after the Senate passed legislation to provide emergency funding for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, raise the debt ceiling to ensure the United States meets its fiscal obligations and to fund the federal government through December 8.

“This legislation has strong bipartisan support in the Senate and will ensure that we quickly provide aid to those who are recovering from Hurricane Harvey and preparing for Hurricane Irma,” said Hoeven. “Additionally, the agreement provides certainty that our nation won’t default on its debts and provides Congress with time to put in place spending agreements for Fiscal Year 2018 that fund our priorities and find savings where we can to ensure that we do so in a fiscally responsible way. 

“This agreement ensures that emergency funding is available now to help communities in need. Unfortunately, North Dakotans know well the devastation of natural disasters, which is why I also spoke with USDA Secretary Perdue today to ensure that the Administration continues to provide our producers with the support and resources to weather the severe drought.”   

Hoeven spoke today with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue to ensure that the Administration continues to provide relief for producers impacted by the drought. The senator also spoke with President Trump on Air Force One yesterday to encourage his support for the state’s agriculture sector, which is challenged by drought conditions and low commodity prices.