(Update October 11, 2017): This legislation has been co-opted through the amendment process to serve as the legislative vehicle for a disaster relief bill. Originally it provided for the hiring of additional bankruptcy judges. In its current form, this bill would provide $36.5 billion in emergency funding for hurricane and wildfire relief and recovery. Of the total, $18.7 billion would go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Program, $576.5 million would go to wildfire efforts, and $16 billion in funding would go to the National Flood Insurance Program to make insurance claims payments to individuals.
It would also modify the Disaster Nutrition Assistance Program (DNAP) to enable low-income residents of Puerto Rico to receive the same emergency nutrition assistance that other hurricane-affected states already receive.