Rogers: Disaster Funding to Be Included in Continuing Resolution
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers today announced his commitment to including urgently needed disaster recovery and relief funds through upcoming Continuing Resolution (CR) legislation. Funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) has reached dangerously low levels, and emergency funding is urgently needed to help individuals and communities affected by recent disasters – including Hurricane Irene and the devastating Midwest tornados and floods.
Chairman Rogers stated that a CR is the most immediate way to pass emergency FEMA funds, due to the fact that the legislation must be enacted by September 30 – the end of the fiscal year.
“It is my intent to include critical disaster relief funding on the CR legislation that will be introduced as early as this week. While the details of the CR are still being worked out, it is clear that this legislation is a timely and efficient way to get critical emergency funds out the door and to the communities and families that have been devastated by recent natural disasters. Thousands of homes and businesses, as well as basic infrastructure, have been damaged by Mother Nature over the last year, and it is the duty of my Committee and this Congress to ensure that the federal government is providing the relief and recovery that our people are relying on,” Chairman Rogers said.
The CR is a must-pass bill that is necessary to prevent a government shutdown and continue federal operations until all Appropriations legislation for fiscal year 2012 is enacted. Currently, the House Appropriations Committee has moved on 11 of the 12 annual Appropriations bills – with six bills having cleared the House – while the Senate has passed only one Appropriations bill. The House passed additional FEMA DRF funding in the Homeland Security Appropriations bill in June, but the Senate has yet to clear the bill.
The details of the pending CR legislation to be considered next week are not yet completed. More information on the contents of the bill will be available when it is formally introduced.