September 17, 2004 -- On Tuesday evening, the U.S. Senate included a $2.9 million drought relief package in its final $36 billion homeland security bill.
The bill would provide emergency disaster assistance for crops or livestock to farmers and ranchers who have suffered from weather-related disasters during either 2003 or 2004. The provision covers damage by drought, frost, floods and all natural disasters.
The bill now goes to a conference committee, where members of the House and Senate will work out the differences between their two versions of the bill. The House has already passed its version of the homeland security bill, which did not include the disaster aid for agriculture.