House Passes First Installment of Hurricane Sandy Disaster Aid Funding

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 by NADO Admin

On January 4, the U.S. House passed its version of the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Assistance (H.R. 41) by a vote of 354 to 67, which temporarily increases the borrowing authority of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for carrying out the National Flood Insurance Program. The measure provides $9.7 billion in flood insurance relief for states affected by Hurricane Sandy. An additional installment of $50 billion in disaster relief funding is slated for a House vote on January 15. The House is unable to vote on the additional disaster funding until the first full legislative day of the 113th Congress, which is January 15.

On January 1, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the Disaster Assistance Supplemental, which provided $60.4 billion in discretionary funding to states and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The supplemental funding included $11.5 billion for FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund and $17 billion for HUD’s Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). It also called for $921 million to repair roads and bridges. The emergency spending contained in the Senate bill is equal to the President’s requested amount of $60 billion. It is possible that the Senate will clear the House’s disaster aid measure by unanimous consent. The Senate already approved the White House’s request to raise FEMA’s borrowing authority by $9.7 billion. Click here (http://docs NULL.house NULL.gov/billsthisweek/20121231/BILLS-112hr__-flood-SUS NULL.pdf) to view the House’s version of the disaster aid measure.

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