Congressman Ross Blasts Proposed Disaster Supplemental for Ignoring Florida Citrus Losses
“I cannot – I will not – support a proposal that leaves behind over 60,000 Florida jobs. I urge my colleagues in the Florida delegation to oppose it as well.”
U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip, issued the following statement upon learning that Florida citrus growers were left out of the proposed supplemental relief package.
“Floridians have been kicked to the curb in this proposed disaster supplemental, which lacks relief for Florida’s citrus growers who suffered immensely from this storm. The Florida delegation specifically requested this relief because there isn’t a citrus grove that wasn’t affected, with some experiencing 100 percent losses – worse than anything the industry has experienced in over 20 years. Agriculture is our state’s second-largest economic driver and these losses will have a detrimental impact on our state’s economy for decades. I cannot—I will not—support a proposal that leaves behind over 60,000 Florida jobs. I urge my colleagues in the Florida delegation to oppose it as well. I believe we have a duty to fight to ensure our citrus growers get the relief they need.”