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Carter Supports Border Wall, Secures Critical Blueberry Disaster Assistance

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Washington, December 21, 2018 | comments
Congressman Earl L. "Buddy" Carter (R-Ga.) supported legislation last night which provides important funding for President Trump's border wall. The federal funding legislation passed by the United States House of Representatives provides $5.7 billion for the wall. 

"Over the past few days I've heard from many residents in the First District loud and clear," said Carter. "I've been hearing a loud 'build the wall' and I couldn't agree more. 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 to secure our border.

Additionally, after months of negotiations by Carter, the legislation includes critical disaster relief for an important part of the First District of Georgia's agricultural community. The federal funding legislation authorizes and directs the United States Department of Agriculture to provide disaster assistance to Georgia's blueberry farmers. This will assist in their recovery from the devastating winter in 2017. 

"I am thrilled this legislation includes disaster assistance these growers need and deserve," said Carter. "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. I have been fighting for this assistance since I first learned of the situation. A Farm Bill, a spending bill, or any other bill was not going to be good enough until it included assistance for blueberries. It is great news that this relief is one step closer to reaching our growers."

"I strongly urge Senate Democrats to come to the table and support our national security as well as America's farmers and others who need this disaster funding. Congress cannot and should not leave town without finishing this job. Support this bill."

The Continuing Resolution passed the United States House of Representatives with Carter's support. The legislation will now be considered by the United States Senate. 
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