WASHINGTON—Senator Peter Welch (D-VT) spoke on the Senate floor late last night to call for additional support for Vermont’s farmers as they recover from catastrophic flooding. The office of Governor Phil Scott estimates that 10,000 acres of farmland have been damaged by flooding. That number is expected to grow as more farmers report crop losses and property damage.
In his remarks, Sen. Welch urged Vermont farmers to document and report crop losses and property damage. He also urged his colleagues to rally in support of Vermont farmers and secure the resources needed to help Vermonters recover fully from the July 2023 storm.
“To Vermonters and Vermont farmers: report, report, report. In order for us here in Washington to be able to make the case for the aide that we need, and you need, we have to document what the damages are…Especially our farmers, our homeowners, our businesses, call 211 and let us know,” Sen. Welch said.
“But we in the federal government have to do our part,” he said. “I’m inspired by how Vermonters have helped each other, and my hope is that we will help them to get back, fully recovered, as soon as possible.”
To view a video of Senator Welch’s remarks, please click the image below.