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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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    "And for other purposes"...thr fact that those other purposes are not listed concerns me. More transparency please
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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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    The Puerto Rico debacle has proven FEMA does not have sufficient plans in place, especially for the worst-case scenarios! Just how prepared ARE they? We can expect more “hundred year” events and need to be ready! Also, there MUST NEVER again be such a huuge gap between a disaster and help arriving! Hanging my head in shame for Puerto Rico! Thank you, John Conyers!
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    The US has provided relief funds to help other countries, why shouldn’t we take care of our citizens. The government does not hesitate to fund wars and police actions, build walls, without being concerned with the debt. Let’s find the funds to help our citizens that have suffered from a disaster Maybe we should take money from Trump’s golf trips
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    While I don't know enough about bankruptcy laws, filings, hearings, or the need for more judges in this regard, it seems to me that a more pressing issue is the lack of judges to hear immigration cases.
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    I say nay based off the vagueness of how the money is allocated and the lack of detail on where it is coming from. Yes, Americans need help, but from that wording I wonder if it is even citizens who receive the money? Many news channels are showing that FEMA and others are on the ground but that depending on where your neighborhood is or who your elected official is many have not received any assistance. How or does this bill account for the actual allocation of funds? Also, does it account for how and where private charities are helping? Furthermore, with no CBO forecast listed and the historical trend of Congress’s inability to come together over the budget is this a one time lump sum or a new line item for future years and disasters? If so what areas will be cut to account for further debt? Again, yes Americans need help and there are people suffering and in need, but without a plan to say how and who actually gets the funds, how we can provide funds without harming others in need, etc. I have concerns with just approving a blanket lump sum bill.
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    I do not like that 18.7 Billion is going to FEMA alone! They have not been helping Puerto Rico. It should all go towards helping the wildfires and flood victims and their families.
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    Makes perfect sense. Helping out our fellow Americans in a time of need is crucial. Not doing anything to help out those that felt the destruction of Mother Nature is immoral. By acting on this bill, it shows that the country is caring about those who have been impacted due to these horrible tragedies.
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    Individuals help each other in times of need through charity - voluntarily. If anything, socialized disaster relief can be on a state level. The federal government’s $20T debt is the most dangerous potential disaster in our lifetime and this bill is only fuel to the fire.
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    Shift the $80B from defense to disaster relief.
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    I know details are missing but relief is needed. Spending not only alleviates suffering but will generate tax dollars as people get their life and businesses back in order to work. Yes we need to cut spending somewhere else. How about excess military spending on things the pentagon even says they don’t need.
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    They need this money
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    What a moronic way to carry this out. Pull some astronomical number from space and slap it onto a relief bill with no insight into how FEMA is going to execute. Where is the actual concrete plan? Where is the nitty gritty? It all looks nice on the bill but it is doubtably going to be that easy. Perhaps they should make the full plan first so they can get a good idea of how much money is ACTUALLY needed before following through. If this passes t will just be a nightmare of fund allocations that seem ill-prepared.
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    Vote no people have insurance to take care of disasters like that it is not the governments place to fund this.
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    I second what Chase said: 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. 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.
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    This is what government is for! And, if our government isn't going to take action to combat climate change, more and more money will go to necessary humanitarian aid.
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    I am in 100% of helping those who were hit by these awful events - as long as we have the ability to do it.
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    Relief should be expanded and goals should be set as to restoration of services and preservation of life. I’m a physician, when someone is on life support we don’t say “we won’t be here forever” like president Trump said. We provide life support until the person recovers unless there are directives pointing otherwise. Puerto Rico is on life support!! I urge you to act in the most humane way possible.
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    If we want to create a relief fund for these things. Just create a relief fund. Stop tying bills into bills. Which makes it hard to just vote on one thing. You have to decide if the majority of that bill is for you or not.
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    Even more money will be needed but this is a start. Instead of cutting taxes for the wealthy which is what the tax cut bill is all about, there should be a small tax cut for the middle class and the poor and then actually raise taxes on the wealthy. Three hurricanes and huge wildfires should indicate to intelligent people that climate change is real and must be taken into account. But there are few intelligent running this country. That boat sailed in Nov 2016.
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