Merkley upset fire, drought aid not in Sandy bill

POSTED: 3:15 PM PST December 11, 2012 
Sen. Jeff Merkley
WASHINGTON -

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said Tuesday he's "disappointed and disturbed" that President Obama's Hurricane Sandy relief proposal doesn't include help for Oregon farmers and ranchers hit hard by this summer's wildfires and drought.

“I am disappointed and disturbed that disaster relief assistance for the farmers and ranchers affected by the historic wildfires and droughts of this summer continues to be in limbo," the senator said.

"While the House continues to sit on its hands and refuses to pass a Farm Bill, I’m looking for every opportunity to find relief for our farmers and ranchers in Southeastern Oregon," Merkley said.

"I’ll continue to fight for this funding as Hurricane Sandy relief goes through the Senate as well as to remind all of my colleagues about the devastating effects the wildfires have had in Oregon and the need to find relief immediately.”