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house Bill H.R. 2157

Providing $19.1 Billion in Emergency Relief to Help Areas Impacted by Natural Disasters Recover

Argument in favor

Congress needs to act quickly to approve this $19 billion disaster relief package that will help federal agencies, states and territories, and individual Americans rebuild from natural disasters in 2018 and 2019.

Lini's Opinion
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05/09/2019
PR has only received $11.2 B, much less than some states. Do not fall for the misinformation campaign of the president and GOP. This is a good bill and helps ALL Americans in need of disaster relief. Support it.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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05/10/2019
This will be a drop in the bucket if we don’t start addressing the Climate Crisis as a nation. Yes and thank you to Scott Tipton who makes my decision to vote him out of office easier and easier everyday.
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Edward's Opinion
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05/10/2019
Federal government is the resource of last resort when disasters strike. However there need to be strings attached. Rebuilding should be subject to standards that protect against future disasters.
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Argument opposed

While the federal government should provide disaster relief, $19 billion is too much at a time when other priorities go underfunded. States should handle funding for disaster relief instead of federal agencies.

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05/10/2019
The Washington Post and Time Magazine, as of 5/9 fact-checked the figures for aid to Puerto Rico and found a total of $52 billion. Of that $11.2 billion had been spent so far with an additional $40.8 billion allocated. Bottom line: No additional aid required. They have spent less than 1/4th of what they have been so generously given.
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05/10/2019
The PUERTO RICO Federal “Cash 💰 Cow” PuertoRico has already received 12 Billion with 40 B committed in funds!! TX has only gotten 30B, FL 12 B, and LA around 20B. PR is full of corrupt politicians who are gaming the system and not fixing what people need, cut off Puerto Rico’s cash cow. While the federal government should provide disaster relief, $19 billion is too much at a time when other priorities go underfunded. States should handle funding for disaster relief instead of federal agencies. I’m in strong agreement that there should be additional Federal funding along with supplemental funding, from the individual impacted states to aid in the recovery from disastrous climatic events. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻💵💰💵👎🏻👎🏻. 6*3*10.....
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05/07/2019
Puerto Rico has been given WAY too much money. They must be held accountable for their poor management of taxpayer funded assistance. While it isn’t the fault of the Puerto Rican people, their government has failed them. This bill provides too much of MY family’s money overall.
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  • EnactedJune 6th, 2019
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed May 23rd, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 85 Yea / 8 Nay
  • The house Passed June 3rd, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 354 Yea / 58 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
    IntroducedApril 9th, 2019

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What is House Bill H.R. 2157?

(Updated 5/23/19): This bill would provide $19.1 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to help Americans recover and rebuild from recent natural disasters. It has been amended by the Senate from its original form, and a breakdown of its current provisions can be found below.

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

This section of the bill would provide disaster relief through agriculture and rural development programs, in addition to the Food and Drug Administration, including:

  • $3.005 billion for farm disaster assistance to cover producers’ exposure to losses from hurricanes, typhoons, volcanic activities, tornadoes, floods, snowstorms, and wildfires during 2018 and 2019.

  • $600 million would be provided to supplement disaster nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico stemming from 2017 hurricanes.

  • $558 million for the Dept. of Agriculture’s Emergency Conservation Program, which would provide emergency funding and technical assistance to farmers and ranchers to rehabilitate farmland damaged by natural disasters.

  • $480 million would be provided for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program for non-industrial timber restoration.

  • $435 million would be provided for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program for rural watershed recovery.

  • $150 million would be provided for Rural Development Community Facilities grants for small rural communities impacted by natural disasters in 2018.

  • Trade mitigation assistance would be available through the Market Facilitation Program to producers who derive at least 75% of their adjusted gross income from farming, ranching, or forestry related activities.

  • Hemp crop insurance would be available beginning with the 2020 reinsurance year.

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

This section would provide funding to recoup disaster-related expenditures and make necessary repairs to federal facilities and equipment damaged by recent natural disasters, including federal law enforcement facilities, scientific infrastructure, and weather forecasting equipment.

Economic Development Assistance programs would receive $600 million to provide grants to communities directly impacted by natural disasters in 2018 and by tornadoes and floods in 2019.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would receive funding for the following:

  • $11 million for assessments and removal of marine debris;

  • $32 million for mapping and charting affected coastlines and navigation channels;

  • $50 million for improving disaster forecasting capabilities;

  • $50 million for Title IX Fund grants to restore coastal marshes, wetlands, and dunes;

  • $150 million for fishery disasters causing severe economic harm to coastal communities.

The Dept. of Justice (DOJ) would receive $28 million to repair or replace damaged buildings and facilities, and $1.3 million for necessary prisoner transfer costs and to repair and replace equipment. Additionally, the Legal Services Corporation would receive $15 million for legal assistance in areas impacted by natural disasters. The Office of Immigration Review would receive $15 million to educate detainees about the Immigration Court process and thus expedite proceedings.

Defense & Homeland Security

This section would provide $381 million to repair damage caused by Hurricane Florence to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. It’d also provide $400 million to the Air Force for damages caused by Hurricane Michael to repair facilities and begin the process of rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base. The bill would prohibit the transfer of these funds to border wall construction.

The Dept. of Homeland Security would receive nearly $526 million for the Coast Guard to repair and upgrade facilities damaged by recent disasters and to cover the cost of response and recovery operations.

Energy & Water Development

This section would provide the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the following:

  • $1.993 billion would go to repairs of Corps projects, including $908 million for operations & maintenance, $575 million for the Mississippi River and Tributaries account, and $510 million for flood control & coastal emergencies.

  • $740 million would go to the construction of flood and storm damage reduction projects to reduce risk from future floods and hurricanes. Within that total, up to $45 million would start authorized ecosystem restoration projects and up to $25 million could continue projects to reduce risks of flooding and storm damage.

  • $35 million to study potential projects to reduce risk from future floods and hurricanes.

The Bureau of Reclamation would receive $15.5 million to carry out fire remediation activities and as compensation for firefighting costs.

The Dept. of Energy would receive $15.5 million to provide technical assistance related to electric grids in areas impacted by natural disasters.

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

The Dept. of the Interior’s agencies would receive the following funding for the repair and reconstruction of infrastructure and meet conservation needs following recent disasters:

  • The National Park Service would receive $50 million in historic preservation grants to repair historic sites and $78 million to repair or replace NPS assets damaged in recent storms.

  • The U.S. Geological Survey would receive $98.5 million for equipment and facility repair & replacement; debris and hazardous waste removal; and data collection in areas affected by disasters (of which $72.3 million is for 2018 disasters).

  • The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would receive $82.4 million for the repair and restoration of facilities, roads, bridges, and assets damaged by natural disasters, of which $50 million would be targeted to coastal resiliency.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would receive $414 million in state revolving funds to bring drinking and waste water systems to a state of resiliency against future storms in areas affected by natural disasters.

The U.S. Forest Service would receive $720 million to repay funds borrowed from non-fire accounts to cover the cost of FY2018 wildfire suppression activities. It’d also receive $134 million to repair national forest visitor and administrative facilities along with roads and trails that were severely damaged by natural disasters, in addition to reducing hazardous fuels on federal and non-federal lands to prevent an increased risk of significant wildfires.

Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies

The Dept. of Labor would receive $50 million, of which $49.5 million would go to disaster response economic recovery through the Dislocated National Reserve fund. The remainder would go to the agency’s inspector general for oversight of relief efforts.

The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) would receive:

  • $250 million for social services block grants that support activities like counseling services, case management, health services, and renovating, repairing, or constructing facilities related to healthcare.

  • $100 million for substance abuse and mental health services to support behavioral health treatment, crisis counseling, helpline, and related activities.

The Dept. of Education would receive $165 million, which would be allocated as follows:

  • $162 million to help restart operations at schools and colleges in areas damaged by natural disasters, support schools and colleges receiving displaced students, and to otherwise provide services to students affected by disasters.

  • $3 million for federal administration and oversight of activities.

Legislative Branch

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) would receive $10 million to conduct audits and investigations related to federal spending on disasters in 2018 and other disasters as declared.

Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

This section would provide funding for military construction projects related to disasters, including:

  • The Navy and Marine Corps would receive $600 million for planning and design of projects to replace facilities damaged by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

  • The Air Force would receive $1 billion for planning and design and construction of projects to replace facilities damaged by Hurricane Michael.

  • The Army National Guard would receive $42.4 million to replace facilities damaged by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.

The Dept. of Veterans Affairs would receive $3 million to repair Veterans Health Administration facilities damaged by covered natural disasters.

Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies

The Dept. of Transportation would receive $1.6 billion for the federal-aid highways emergency relief program and $10.5 million for the Federal Transit Administration’s emergency relief program. The bill would also include language giving the Federal Aviation Administration with access to unused 2017 emergency funds for 2018 disasters.

The Community Development Block Grant program would provide $2.4 billion to communities that need to rebuild housing, businesses, and public infrastructure in areas affected by natural disasters.

EXTENSIONS

  • The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) would be extended through September 30, 2019.

Impact

Americans affected by 2018 and 2019 natural disasters; federal agencies; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2157

$19.19 Billion
The CBO estimates that enacting this bill would cost $19.1 billion in fiscal year 2019 and $19.188 billion over the 2019-2029 period.

More Information

In-DepthSenate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL) issued the following statement on a compromise being reached to allow this disaster relief bill to come to the floor:

“I want to thank President Trump for breaking the gridlock and getting this disaster relief to Americans who so desperately need it. We have been working on this package for several months, and I am pleased to say that help is finally on the way.”

Earlier this year the Senate attempted to advance a $13.45 billion disaster relief package that included less funding for Puerto Rico and more funding for Midwest states affected by recent flooding, but it failed on a 44-49 vote.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / RicAguiar)

AKA

Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, 2019

Official Title

Making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, and for other purposes.

    PR has only received $11.2 B, much less than some states. Do not fall for the misinformation campaign of the president and GOP. This is a good bill and helps ALL Americans in need of disaster relief. Support it.
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    The Washington Post and Time Magazine, as of 5/9 fact-checked the figures for aid to Puerto Rico and found a total of $52 billion. Of that $11.2 billion had been spent so far with an additional $40.8 billion allocated. Bottom line: No additional aid required. They have spent less than 1/4th of what they have been so generously given.
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    This will be a drop in the bucket if we don’t start addressing the Climate Crisis as a nation. Yes and thank you to Scott Tipton who makes my decision to vote him out of office easier and easier everyday.
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    Federal government is the resource of last resort when disasters strike. However there need to be strings attached. Rebuilding should be subject to standards that protect against future disasters.
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    How long do you Ignorants think we can continue bailing you out, when these climate-changing caused floods, fires, tornadoes, etc., keep happening? The U.S. Government is already 22 TRILLION DOLLARS (not millions or even billions, like the good ol’ days) in debt - thanks to the never-ending spending by the present administration. We cannot keep this pace up. You people MUST ACKNOWLEDGE CLIMATE CHANGE AND PRESSURE THE GOVERNMENT TO WAKE UP AND MAKE CHANGES or you will really find yourselves up the creek with no one willing, or able, to put you back on your feet again. In what reality do you live that you think our government and insurance companies have unlimited funds for this relief to continue unabated? You midwesterners, especially, should rethink your support of the Idiot. He cares nothing for any of you. His God is money! Don’t kid yourselves. How often are tornadoes happening these days? Pretty damn often. WAKE UP! One day, in the not-to-distant future, you will rue the day you elected him. Real bitch is, I will, too. And I NEVER VOTED FOR THE A-HOLE!
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    The PUERTO RICO Federal “Cash 💰 Cow” PuertoRico has already received 12 Billion with 40 B committed in funds!! TX has only gotten 30B, FL 12 B, and LA around 20B. PR is full of corrupt politicians who are gaming the system and not fixing what people need, cut off Puerto Rico’s cash cow. While the federal government should provide disaster relief, $19 billion is too much at a time when other priorities go underfunded. States should handle funding for disaster relief instead of federal agencies. I’m in strong agreement that there should be additional Federal funding along with supplemental funding, from the individual impacted states to aid in the recovery from disastrous climatic events. SneakyPete..... 👎🏻👎🏻💵💰💵👎🏻👎🏻. 6*3*10.....
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    Puerto Rico has been given WAY too much money. They must be held accountable for their poor management of taxpayer funded assistance. While it isn’t the fault of the Puerto Rican people, their government has failed them. This bill provides too much of MY family’s money overall.
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    Vern Buchanan. You voted wrong! This natural disaster aid is something you absolutely should have voted for. Shame on you Vern Buchanan.
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    AS LONG AS IT INCLUDES FUNDING FOR PUERTO RICO!!! Puerto Rico still needs help DESPITE the lies from the Racist in Chief.
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    Puerto Rico has been underfunded, Flint is still without clean water, tornados and flooding ravage communities, and Nero fiddles in the White House. This bill is a must pass.
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    As if there is any choice. But we should learn something from these events. Evacuation of low-lying coastal areas and preservation of wetlands may be necessary to deal with increasing frequent and increasingly powerful storms. As your constituent, I would advise you in the strongest terms to insist that the administration and Congress stop listening to climate change deniers and protect the country from itself.
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    Where? Puerto Rico? They still need help. Y’all ready to deal with AFGCC yet?
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    The lack of help to Puerto Rico is a travesty....and our fearless leader KNOWS this 'cause he bold faced lied about the amount of help, by what?......80 BILLION dollars.
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    Just don’t forget about Puerto Rico
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    Recovery after natural disasters is vital to our nation’s wellbeing.
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    First Real Transparency! I don’t trust present Trump Branded Agencies to use the money to help the most struggling Americans. President Trump is self serving and openly demonstrates behavior of using tax payer money, like his own piggy bank to favor the wealthy and himself! That is Trump brand transparency! Passed by both houses. Hope this doesn’t fund a boarder wall with Trump Name plates.
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    Much better use of money than giving it to Trump, Barr and Miller to dismantle our dignity and values, as well as the rule of law itself.
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    This should not even be a question. When a disaster hits, the government needs to help. These affected people have to rebuild homes, replace vehicles and towns. Some of them lost their incomes because the businesses were destroyed. This relief that was passed is for american disaster aid, not foreign. Shame on you, Collins for voting nay. I usually agree with you
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    Clearly, there are a lot of communities needing help from their fellow Americans. That need will only continue as the effects of climate change grow more and more intense. I like the way the use of these funds are specifically spelled out and I can only hope that the administration of these funds will be fair and judicious. This is in line with how I want my tax dollars spent.
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    We're Americans. We help each other. (Unless we're opposed to such a "socialist" idea, and let Big Polluters kill our climate, in which case Kentucky shouldn't get one dime.....) Just kidding. We take care of each other regardless.
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