House Approves Disaster Relief Supplemental Bill
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass a Supplemental Disaster Relief Bill that will assist the regions affected by the recent Hurricanes in the gulf and Southeastern United States. The bill allocates $18.67 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) within FEMA to provide critical funding for the ongoing federal response to hurricanes and continue life-saving response and recovery efforts. An additional amount, $16 billion, is allocated to cancel existing debt through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and $1.27 billion is provided to utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) contingency reserve fund for disaster-related nutrition assistance in Puerto Rico. An additional amount of $576.5 million is allocated for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for wildfire suppression efforts.
“Millions of Americans have been devastated by hurricane damage to their homes, their families, and their lives,” said Congressman Scott Taylor. “The recovery period is not going to be measured in weeks or months, but years. This bill gives them a helping hand to get back on their feet, the hope they can put this natural disaster behind them, and shows the generosity of how Americans come together to help one another."