Neugebauer votes on drought assistance

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Updated: 8/02/2012 8:49 pm

 Lubbock Congressman Randy Neugebauer voted with the majority in support of extending disaster assistance primarily for livestock producers reeling from continuing drought conditions.

H.R. 62-33 revives four aid programs that expired last year through the 2012 budget year.

The congressman says it meets an immediate need in a fiscally responsible way.

“We're going to save the American taxpayers about $256 million by making some shifts, moving  some money around, and making sure that these farmers and ranchers that are going through this tremendous drought have the resources they need to continue, and also to help somewhat mitigate the increased cost of food for our country,” said Neugebauer.

“I agree with many of my colleagues who think we should be passing a five-year farm bill today and I remain committed to enacting a new farm bill this year. However, our livestock producers are in crisis and this bill helps now,” said Mike Conaway, the Congressman from Midland.

It's uncertain if the Senate will vote on the measure before the August recess.

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