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house Bill H.R. 2266

Providing $36.5 Billion in Disaster Relief for Hurricane and Wildfire Recovery

Argument in favor

Residents of states and territories affected by hurricanes and wildfires need relief, and while there may be a need for more funding in the future this $36.5 billion will help many in the near term.

Ryan's Opinion
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10/12/2017
The damage caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have been disastrous not only for the populations of Houston and other Texan communities, but for nearly the entirety of Puerto Rico. The legislation at hand would provide a gateway for regrowth and rebuilding of these decimated communities. Without the stipulated aid, these sections of our nation would only continue to languish and falter in its repair. Consequently, although it’s a large upfront cost, it will be long term beneficial to invest this 36.5 billion dollars to revitalize and institute new ground for growth.
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Andrew's Opinion
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10/12/2017
Hopefully some of these funds allocated for disaster relief are given to our U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico.
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Mary's Opinion
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10/12/2017
Puerto Rico is part of the United States and these are US citizens...tell Trump he cannot withhold aid ....why did it take DT so long to visit and why does he constantly criticize these poor people...haven’t they been through enough...
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Argument opposed

Funding for disaster relief should be offset with spending reductions elsewhere, otherwise this will simply increase the burden the national debt imposes on future generations.

NoHedges's Opinion
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10/12/2017
🚧This is wine country, and while I am all for helping my fellow American, I have a slight problem handing out funds to the same elitists willingly forcing lower income Americans to starve, go without healthcare and more. So, before we send in ⛑Santa Claus 💰💰can we please make sure funds are going to those who need them? 🔥Remember these are the people who claim corporate tax breaks fuel ⛽️ the economy. 💸 When the average American has a house fire does FEMA help them? ⚡️This bill is not only reckless but it is filled with hidden costs and the cancellation of billions of dollars of unrelated debts.
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DrRichSwier's Opinion
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10/12/2017
The federal government has no role in disaster relief. This is a local and state issue. There’s nothing in the Constitution to support this massive and out of control spending. Lawmakers must look at the long term impact of out of control deficit spending. Local nonprofit organizations or religious denominations are better suited for this. In fact the large kitchens that can feed 20,000 people daily are provided by the Baptist Church. Maned by volunteers.
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Kodiwodi's Opinion
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10/12/2017
When I see some intelligent formula for distribution of resources to natural disaster sites including FEMA resources, then I might consider looking at this. But right now I've got a bigoted president pulling out of Puerto Rico cuz he ran out of paper towels to throw even though 40% still have no drinking water or electricity and he's reinstated the Jones Act. However, $35 billion is being rolled out for the wealthy Napa Valley? How much did you send to the Pacific NorthWest when they begged for help? Nothing. You turned them down flat. Oh they vote blue don't they. No this relief effort can't be based on who you like and who you don't. You need money? Take it from your bloated tax cuts or your insane military budget. But you save the lives and futures of everyone, red or blue first.
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  • EnactedOctober 26th, 2017
    The President signed this bill into law
  • The senate Passed September 27th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      senate Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
  • The house Passed May 17th, 2017
    Passed by Voice Vote
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
    IntroducedMay 1st, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 2266?

(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.

Impact

Residents of states and territories affected by hurricanes and wildfires, especially those with flood insurance claims or Puerto Ricans in need of nutrition assistance; FEMA; and the NFIP.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2266

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthHouse Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) offered the following statement on the introduction of this bill to provide $36.5 billion in emergency hurricane and wildfire funding:

“These funds are urgently needed to get resources to families and communities that are still suffering. This legislation will continue immediate relief efforts, and help jump-start the rebuilding process. The bill also will provide recovery funds for this season’s devastating wildfires in the West. These funds are vital right now, in the near term, to get the aid where it is needed most. However, the recovery in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Texas and Florida will be ongoing, and more assistance will be required in the near future. My Committee will be vigilant in overseeing these funds and will continually monitor this crisis, and stands ready to provide the necessary funding to get these communities back on their feet.”


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AKA

Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act of 2017

Official Title

Making additional supplemental appropriations for disaster relief requirements for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, and for other purposes.

    The damage caused by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have been disastrous not only for the populations of Houston and other Texan communities, but for nearly the entirety of Puerto Rico. The legislation at hand would provide a gateway for regrowth and rebuilding of these decimated communities. Without the stipulated aid, these sections of our nation would only continue to languish and falter in its repair. Consequently, although it’s a large upfront cost, it will be long term beneficial to invest this 36.5 billion dollars to revitalize and institute new ground for growth.
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    🚧This is wine country, and while I am all for helping my fellow American, I have a slight problem handing out funds to the same elitists willingly forcing lower income Americans to starve, go without healthcare and more. So, before we send in ⛑Santa Claus 💰💰can we please make sure funds are going to those who need them? 🔥Remember these are the people who claim corporate tax breaks fuel ⛽️ the economy. 💸 When the average American has a house fire does FEMA help them? ⚡️This bill is not only reckless but it is filled with hidden costs and the cancellation of billions of dollars of unrelated debts.
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    Hopefully some of these funds allocated for disaster relief are given to our U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico.
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    The federal government has no role in disaster relief. This is a local and state issue. There’s nothing in the Constitution to support this massive and out of control spending. Lawmakers must look at the long term impact of out of control deficit spending. Local nonprofit organizations or religious denominations are better suited for this. In fact the large kitchens that can feed 20,000 people daily are provided by the Baptist Church. Maned by volunteers.
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    When I see some intelligent formula for distribution of resources to natural disaster sites including FEMA resources, then I might consider looking at this. But right now I've got a bigoted president pulling out of Puerto Rico cuz he ran out of paper towels to throw even though 40% still have no drinking water or electricity and he's reinstated the Jones Act. However, $35 billion is being rolled out for the wealthy Napa Valley? How much did you send to the Pacific NorthWest when they begged for help? Nothing. You turned them down flat. Oh they vote blue don't they. No this relief effort can't be based on who you like and who you don't. You need money? Take it from your bloated tax cuts or your insane military budget. But you save the lives and futures of everyone, red or blue first.
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    Puerto Rico is part of the United States and these are US citizens...tell Trump he cannot withhold aid ....why did it take DT so long to visit and why does he constantly criticize these poor people...haven’t they been through enough...
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    If we have money for military & the president’s golfing excursions, we have money for helping our fellow Americans!
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    Everybody’s talking about Puerto Rico’s relief, but I wanted to remind our powers that be to also remember our other affected territory of the US Virgin Islands. They deserve just the same help that is being discussed about PR. Remember, they got hit first by not one but TWO hurricanes. Let’s not forget about their needs too. Remember, they are Americans as well.
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    Nothing that goes to California for any relief or Federal funding in any way SHOULD NOT BE GIVEN TO A SANCTUARY STATE ( even though that is illegal anyway). This must be stopped. I am Sorry that they had their tragedy, but an entire state of Liberals and ILLEGAL ALIENS ( not immigrants- illegal aliens), and a very very STUPID IDIOTIC GOVERNOR AND EVEN MORE STUPID IDIOTIC STATE CONGRESS AND DEMOCRATIC PARTY FEDERAL LEGISLATORS like Pelosi, Waters and more crooked politicians they don’t deserve a damn penny. Stop with this Sanctuary State Crap and put the Governor Brown in prison and anyone of those legislators wanting NON CITIZENS TO BE ABLE TO VOTE NEEDS TO BE IN PRISON AS WELL. Sorry I don’t like to hurt some good people, but vote NO NO NO and fix it so only the victims of the Hurricanes get the funds they need. Them are my words and I am sticking to it. California CHANGE YOUR WAYS.
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    I am all for helping victims of disasters but I am not for funding an insurance program that is already deeply ineffective and deeply in debt. If a commercial insurance company refuses to insure property then guess what? Don't build there. I can't condone paying taxes to rebuild a destroyed building multiple times! What a waste! Unbundle your requests senators!!!
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    People need to rebuild wherever these disasters are. This would also help to bring jobs to these areas due to the rebuilding. America needs to help its Americans
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    It’s good to get some funding out there, but the provision on pages 12 & 13 of this bill cancels $16 billion worth of debt owed to the Treasury, and adds it to the national debt. I can’t agree with that. Try again.
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    The argument that the people who live here do not need government help is absurd. There is a large immigrant, minority, and homeless population in the area affected by the wildfire.
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    I just can’t get it out of my head that the cabinet and the executive branch spent millions of dollars on luxury travel when there are so many dire needs in this country right now. What kind of person can do that? In answer to this question I am NOT in favor of going into more national debt. Make cuts elsewhere.
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    Being an emergency management professional, I see first hand the effects these bills provide to local governments and citizens trying to respond to and recover from disasters. The formulas for distribution are determined and are the same for each state and territory in the country. Due to the extreme natural disaster impacts this year, FEMA’s budgeted amount for this relief was expended quickly. This is the reason we pay taxes!
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    I want to know how much money is needed in damage costs. Not write a blanket check, of which most is going to an organization where most funding will never be seen again. How much is damage going to cost? How is going to rebuild? How much is insurance going to pay? We need to be more responsible with taxpayers money. It’s easy for politicians to want to spend money that never was theirs to begin with.
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    What makes America great is the American people, not the people in office. The American people stand for freedom, truth, honestly, fairness, equality and justice for all, not just for the few. They walk a mile in others shoes. They give of themselves to help and save others, and the world. They are the real heroes! Tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations do nothing, but give money to a group that will only use it to out source, at best. You can outsource yourself out of business.
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    Well they have given the insurance companies to much self regulation. Another business trojan that puts profits above individuals needs. How can they negotiate a settlement when your house and personal property was insured for X amount of money? There needs to be an independent study of the Insurance industry as a whole on ethical standards.
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    Take care of Puerto Rico. It is part of our country.
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    Did anyone else see about hiring bankruptcy lawyers? This should be a stand alone bill, no need to allow more government hiring in order to give proper emergency assistance to people in DIRE need of food or water or shelter. This is the problem with the legislators in D.C.
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