Rep. Axne Sends Derecho Assistance Funding to President’s Desk

September 30, 2021
Press Release
Rep. Axne helps approve $10 billion to cover crop losses from recent natural disasters

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) voted with a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives to send President Biden a bill that will help Iowa farmers and producers affected by last year’s derecho.

The legislation passed by the House and Senate today includes $10 billion to cover damage to crops caused by the 2020 derecho and other natural disasters from 2020 and 2021.

“Iowans have been resilient in rebuilding after last year’s devastating derecho, and I’ve been working in Washington ever since to ensure that our federal disaster programs are in place to make our communities, families, and farmers whole again,” said Rep. Axne. “This funding is long overdue, and I’m proud of my votes over the past week that sent this much needed aid to the President’s desk.”

In July, Axne and the House Agriculture Committee advanced legislation to cover those agricultural losses through the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus (WHIP+).

Axne was also part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers that in April urged House leadership to support farmers and producers affected by 2020 natural disasters.

The legislation also extends government funding through December 3, 2021 – averting an unnecessary government shutdown.