House Passes $19.1 Billion Emergency Disaster Appropriations Bill
WASHINGTON — The House today passed legislation, on a bipartisan vote of 257-150, to provide relief and recovery assistance for Americans affected by hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters.
After floor amendments, the legislation provides $19.1 billion in emergency spending. The bill funds a broad range of disaster recovery activities, including infrastructure and community development, assistance for farmers and rural communities, repairs to damaged federal facilities, nutrition, health care, and social services, and resiliency to mitigate damage from future disasters.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that American families and communities have the resources they need to recover from recent natural disasters, whether in Puerto Rico or the Midwest, California or the Carolinas. American citizens are relying on our federal government to deliver a robust disaster relief package. They’ve waited long enough and, frankly, they can’t afford to wait any longer. Further delays will only leave communities more vulnerable and exposed to future natural disasters,” said House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowey. “I urge my Republican colleagues in both the House and Senate to come to their senses and join Democrats in advancing this bill. The President’s personal contempt for Puerto Rico must no longer be allowed to stand in the way of critical disaster relief.”
The legislation builds on an emergency disaster appropriations bill – H.R. 268 – that passed the Democratic-led House on January 16, prior to flooding in the Midwest and tornadoes in the South, and then stalled in the Senate over Republican opposition to additional assistance for Puerto Rico.
The full text of the bill – H.R. 2157 – is here.