Supplementals for Disaster Relief 

Recent Developments in Disaster Relief

  • 10/5/18: President signed HR 302, providing $1.68 billion in Hurricane Florence disaster recovery aid through CDBG disaster recovery grants.  See Division I of
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  • 10/3/18:  Senate passed 93-6 the motion to concur in the House amendment to HR 302, that provides $1.68 billion in Hurricane Florence disaster recovery aid through the CDBG (Community Development Block Grants) disaster recovery program to rebuild housing, infrastructure, and assist local businesses.  On 10/1, the Senate voted 90-7 to invoke cloture on the motion to concur.  On 9/26, the House voted 398-23 to add the disaster funding. | R-Stmt | D-Stmt
  • 9/26/18:  House voted 398-23 to add Hurricane Florence aid as an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 (HR 302); the amendment provides $1.68 billion for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) disaster recovery programs at HUD to rebuild housing, infrastructure, and assist local businesses. | R-Stmt | D-Stmt
  • 2/9/18:  PL 115-123 Further Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2018 and Continuing Resolution (through March 23, 2018)
  • 01/18:  NOAA reports that Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, combined with western wildfires and other natural disasters to cause $306 billion in U.S. damage — the most expensive year on record, as scientists fear climate change could increase extreme weather.
  • 12/21/17:  House passed an $81 billion aid package (HR 4667), nearly double the Administration’s request. CBO cost estimate Senate did not take up the measure due to concerns that it didn’t do enough to help California, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • 11/17/17:  Administration on Nov. 17 requested $44 billion in disaster aid for Texas and Florida.
  • 10/4/17:  Administration $29.3 billion request for emergency aid for hurricane disaster relief, flood relief, and wildfires
  • 9/8/17: President Trump signed HR 601, an emergency measure negotiated with congressional Democratic leaders, and passed by the Senate 80-17 and by the House 316-90. The bill has four components:  1. Provides $15.25 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for Hurricane Harvey and other disasters, including $7.4 billion for the FEMA Disaster Relief Fund (passed a day before FEMA’s disaster funds would have been exhausted), $450 million for the Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program, and $7.4 billion in Community Development Block Grant funding for areas most affected by the 2017 disasters;  2.  Extends the National Flood Insurance program, which was due to expire September 30, to December 8, 2017;  3.  Suspends the debt ceiling through December 8, 2017, temporarily avoiding a Treasury default on U.S. obligations; and  4. Provides continuing appropriations (effectively, a continuing resolution) to fund the federal government at current FY 2017 levels through December 8, 2017, avoiding a federal shutdown when the new fiscal year begins October 1.

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