THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Vice President
STATEMENT BY VICE PRESIDENT GORE ON ADDITIONAL FUNDS FOR AMERICA'S FARMERS
Last month, President Clinton and I called on Congress to provide additional funding for the thousands of productive family farms in America that continue to face severe economic pressures. Unfortunately, Congress did not fully act before leaving for a two-week recess.
I am pleased however that our Administration is taking action, action that will provide additional funds in time for the spring planting season.
Today, President Clinton instructed Secretary Glickman to provide additional resources to help our nation's hurting farmers and ranchers. This action will make more than $300 million in loans available to America's farming community, the heart of our country.
Let me be clear, however: this is only a temporary measure and I urge Congress upon its return to act on our earlier request and provide more lasting relief for our nation's farmers.