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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran (R-Miss.)
today released the following statement on the Trump administration's request
for new emergency supplemental funding to address recent natural disasters,
including the damage caused by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S.
Virgin Islands:

"A significant number of Americans and their communities are working to
overcome devastation from natural disasters. These emergencies have
strained disaster response resources, which requires us to ensure federal
agencies have sufficient funds for response and recovery needs.

"I encourage Congress to act swiftly to ensure those affected by hurricanes,
wildfires, or other disasters receive the assistance they need."

The new supplemental appropriations request includes $12.77 billion for the
Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund, $16.0 billion for
National Flood Insurance Program debt forgiveness, and $576.5 million to
address wildfires in the western United States.

Congress in early September
approved es-swift-senate-action-on-hurricane-response-debt-ceiling-government-operati
ons> an initial $15.25 billion emergency supplemental package to address
destruction caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.


Posted October 4, 2017 - 5:59 pm

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