Thanks to the leadership of our Texas Congressional delegation, the devastating drought in Texas is finally getting some federal attention. Last night, the U.S. Senate added their voice to the crowd of us who have been calling on USDA for months to hurry up and use their specifically authorized programs to help Texas producers.
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison successfully sponsored and passed a "sense of the Senate resolution" urging USDA to expedite implementation of the permanent disaster programs authorized by the farm bill more than a year ago. The resolution also urges USDA to utilize the broad authorities of the Secretary to send other forms of assistance now, as has been done in years past by previous presidential administrations. We need action now.