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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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Title

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.

Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was passed by the House on October 12, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.) Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017 This bill provides supplemental appropriations for disaster relief, reauthorizes temporary bankruptcy judgeships, and revises requirements regarding the U.S. Trustee System Fund and bankruptcy. DIVISION A--ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATIONS FOR DISASTER RELIEF REQUIREMENTS ACT OF 2017 Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act of 2017 This division provides $36.5 billion in FY2018 emergency supplemental appropriations to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Department of the Interior for relief and recovery efforts in response to recent hurricanes and wildfires. The funds provided by the division are designated as emergency requirements, which exempts the funding from discretionary spending limits and other budget enforcement rules. TITLE I--DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY For FEMA, the bill provides $18.67 billion for the Disaster Relief Fund, of which: (1) $10 million must be transferred to the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General for audits and investigations related to disasters, and (2) up to $4.9 billion may be transferred to the Community Disaster Loans Program for direct loans to assist local governments in providing essential services as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, or Maria. TITLE II--DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR This title provides $576.5 million for wildfire suppression operations and activities, including: (1) $526.5 million for the Forest Service, and (2) $50 million for the Department of the Interior. TITLE III--GENERAL PROVISIONS (Sec. 301) Funds provided by this division are in addition to amounts otherwise appropriated for the fiscal year involved. (Sec. 302) No part of any appropriation provided by this division is available for obligation beyond the fiscal year, unless this bill expressly provides otherwise. (Sec. 303) The terms and conditions applicable to the funds provided in this division, including those provided by this title, also apply to the funds provided by the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements, 2017. (Sec. 304) Each amount designated in this division by Congress as being for an emergency requirement is only available if the President subsequently designates the amounts and transmits the designations to Congress. (Sec. 305) Each agency must submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the respective Inspector General of each agency, and the congressional appropriations committees internal control plans for funds provided by this division and the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements, 2017. The GAO must review the design of the plans. All programs and activities receiving funds under this division shall be deemed to be "susceptible to significant improper payments" for purposes of the Improper Payments Information Act of 2002. (This requires the relevant agency to comply with certain requirements for reports and corrective actions regarding improper payments.) Funds for grants provided by this division or the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements, 2017 must be expended by the grantees within 24 months of the agency's obligation of funds for the grant, unless the OMB waives the requirement. (Sec. 306) This section amends the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements, 2017 to permit the Department of Housing and Urban Development to award Community Development Block Grant funds provided by the Act directly to Indian tribes, in addition to a state or unit of general local government. (Sec. 307) This section amends the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 to specify that the language included in The Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2017 under the heading "FLAME Wildfire Suppression Reserve Fund' for the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior does not apply for the purpose of the continuing appropriations provided by the Act. (Sec. 308) This section cancels $16 billion of the debt held by the Department of the Treasury under notes or obligations issued by the National Flood Insurance Program. (Sec. 309) USDA may use up to $1.27 billion of funds from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) contingency reserve to provide a grant to Puerto Rico for disaster nutrition assistance in response to the presidentially declared major disasters and emergencies. (Sec. 310) This section specifies that the dollar limitation on advance billing of a customer of a Department of Defense working-capital fund does not apply to FEMA during FY2018. DIVISION B--BANKRUPTCY JUDGESHIP ACT OF 2017 Bankruptcy Judgeship Act of 2017 (Sec. 1002) This bill reauthorizes 14 temporary bankruptcy judgeships in judicial districts in Delaware, Florida, Puerto Rico, Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, Nevada, and North Carolina. (Sec. 1003) It authorizes the appointment of four additional temporary bankruptcy judges in Delaware, Florida, and Michigan. (Sec. 1004) The bill amends the federal judicial code to increase the quarterly fee imposed on certain chapter 11 (reorganization) debtors. Specifically, if the balance in the U.S. Trustee System Fund is less than $200 million, then a debtor with total quarterly disbursements of $1 million or more must pay a quarterly fee equal to $250,000 or 1% of disbursements, whichever is less. It also specifies that for FY2018-FY2022, 98% of the quarterly fees collected must be deposited as offsetting collections to the U.S. Trustee System Fund and 2% must be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury. (Sec. 1005) This section amends the federal bankruptcy code to include an unsecured claim by a governmental unit (e.g., a tax claim by the Internal Revenue Service) resulting from the sale, transfer, exchange, or disposition of farming property in chapter 12 bankruptcy (family farmer or fisherman reorganization) proceedings. Such a claim that arises before a debtor's discharge, regardless of whether the claim is pre-petition or post-petition, must be treated as a pre-petition claim, is not entitled to priority status, must be provided for under the bankruptcy plan, and is dischargeable.
    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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