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Gibson, Tonko say disaster funds coming

Nov 16, 2011 12:05 am
Kyle Glazier in Capitol Confidential reports that Rep. Chris Gibson (R, Kinderhook), who represents Greene and Columbia counties in Congress, announced Tuesday that disaster funding for farmers hit by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee flooding will be included in a final “minibus” budget bill. The disaster funding had been part of a political fight over budget cuts and taxes. Reps. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, and Gibson, report $338.6 million will be available for two programs aimed at fixing damaged farmland. They will be included in the budget proposals the House and Senate will vote on Thursday. Read the full story in Capitol Confidential.