Braley Calls for USDA Funding to Stop Emerald Ash Borer

June  18, 2014

      A beetle that kills ash trees is spreading throughout Iowa, and First District Congressman Bruce Braley wants to stop it. Braley has asked Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to send money so that local officials can remove trees infected by the Emerald Ash Borer.

      The congressman says even though the Department of Agriculture has cut funding for the program, preventing the spread of Emerald Ash Borer remains a priority for city budgets, property, and the safety of residents.

      "When it gets to your state and your taxpayers have already invested in other states, they should be entitled to the same type of assistance because it's a massive problem given the millions of ash treess that exist in the state of iowa and the probability that it could affect all 99 counties."

      Braley has received support from mayors of 30 Iowa cities, including Davenport, Dubuque, and Des Moines.  Last week Johnson County became the 10th county affected by the insect.