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(Washington DC)--U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash) joined Democratic Leader U.S. Senator Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and other Senate Democrats today to push for the quick passage of the emergency agriculture funding in the supplemental appropriations bill.

"This funding will provide critical relief to growers who have been devastated by low prices, the loss of markets and the erosion of the farm safety net," said Murray.

The Senate Democrats were joined by two bankers from Washington state, Michael Broadhead from Toppenish and Greg Stafford from Chelan. The bankers say that without the $153 million in emergency funding, farmers have not been able to secure loans they need to begin spring planting. This emergency funding would allow bankers to offer much-needed loans to producers, provide funding to the Farm Service Agency and ensure that disaster loans reach growers.

"The planting season is not waiting for Congress to act," said Murray. "Unfortunately, our farmers have no choice but to wait and hope that Congress will give them the assistance they need."

The Senators called on Senate Republicans to act now and pass the farm provisions in the supplemental appropriations bill and to eliminate any further delays.

"Our growers can't wait," said Murray. "I urge the Republican leadership to act quickly to pass the emergency supplemental bill."