THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) ________________________________________________________________________ For Immediate Release October 29, 1999
RADIO ACTUALITY BY THE PRESIDENT ON EMERGENCY AGRICULTURAL ASSISTANCE
Today, as provided for in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill I signed last week, I am designating $8.8 billion in emergency assistance to our nation's farmers and ranchers. This assistance will hasten payments to farmers who are recovering from the second year in a row of low commodity prices, and crop and livestock losses from severe drought and flooding.
This is only a one-year temporary fix for the overall problems facing our farmers. They are the lifeblood of our land. Again I call on the Congress to enact a permanent fix to the severe shortcomings in the 1996 Farm Bill.
NOTE: Sound from this statement is available on the White House Press Office Radio Actuality Line at 202-456-5671.