(Updated 1/15/19): This bill would provide $12.14 billion in emergency disaster relief funding for Americans affected by recent hurricanes, typhoons, wildfires, and other natural disasters. It would also reopen agencies affected by the partial government shutdown through February 8th, after the bill was amended by the House Rules Committee. Disaster relief would be provided through a variety of agencies, a summary of which can be found below.
A total of $1.1 billion in funding would be made available for crop and livestock losses due to hurricanes, typhoons, volcanic activities, or wildfires in 2018.
Other agricultural disaster relief would be provided as follows:
$600 million to the Nutrition Assistance Program for Puerto Rico to aid in the recovery from Hurricane Maria.
$480 million to the Emergency Forest Restoration Program to help owners of private forests damaged by disasters.
$150 million to the Rural Community Facilities Program to provide healthcare, education, public safety, and public services to rural communities.
$125 million for watershed and flood prevention operations, which would include providing financial and technical assistance to state and local entities with watersheds up to 250,000 acres.
$10.2 million to the Nutrition Assistance Program for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands following typhoons in September and October.
Additionally, trade mitigation assistance would be made available through the Market Facilitation Program to producers who derive at least 75% of their adjusted gross income from farming, ranching, or forestry activities.
Commerce, Justice, Science
Economic Development Administration and Economic Development Assistance programs would receive $600 million to aid flood mitigation, disaster relief, long-term recovery, and restoration of infrastructure in disaster-affected areas.
Other disaster relief funding provided under this section would be distributed as follows:
$150 million in fisheries disaster assistance to mitigate the effect of commercial fishery failures and fishery resource disasters, including those caused by recent hurricanes and typhoons.
$50 million in competitive grants to help enhance coastal resilience, through the restoration of coastal marshes and wetlands, dune and beach systems, oyster and coral reefs, and barrier islands.
$31.57 million to NOAA mapping, charting, and geographic services in areas affected by recent hurricanes, typhoons, and wildfires.
$28.4 million to repair federal prison buildings and facilities damaged by recent hurricanes and typhoons.
$25 million to help the National Weather Service improve its forecasting and prediction of hurricane intensity, floods, and wildfires.
Defense & Military Construction
To address the impact of Hurricanes Florence and Michael on military bases in affected states the Air Force would receive $400 million and the Marine Corps $200 million for operations and maintenance activities.
Planning and design and construction activities related to the impact of Hurricane Michael on Tyndall Air Force Base would total $700 million, including planning and design for relocation of the F-22 mission, beddown of F-35s, and facility construction as necessary.
Construction project planning and design related to the impact of Hurricanes Florence and Michael on Marine Corps bases in North Carolina (New River, Cherry Point, and Lejuene) would total $115 million, including consolidation activities.
The Army National Guard would receive $42.4 million to rebuild and Army Readiness Center and Operations facility damaged by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
Energy & Water
The Army Corps of Engineers would receive $715 million to speed up construction of flood and storm damage reduction projects to reduce flooding from future floods and hurricanes, and $470 million to repair damage to Corps projects. An additional $35 million would go to studies of 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 for firefighting costs. The Dept. of Energy would receive $15.5 million in funding to provide technical assistance related to electric grids in areas impacted by hurricanes and typhoons.
The Coast Guard would receive $476.8 million for the construction, recapitalization, or rebuilding of facilities, piers, and other infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the storms. Of that, $307 million would go to improving their resiliency against future storm damage.
The Coast Guard would also receive $47 million in immediate response costs related to the storms and to restore its operations to a pre-hurricane status by rebuilding, repairing, or replacing infrastructure, navigational aids, mission assets, or other property that was destroyed or damaged. This funding would cover costs for site assessments, surveys, dredging, design work, and project oversight.
Additionally, the federal cost share would be 100% for debris removal and temporary fixes to power, water, sewer, and other infrastructure in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would be allowed to waive its requirement that public assistance grant amounts not exceed the federal share of what is required to restore public facilities to their pre-disaster condition for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Interior & Environment
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would receive $849 million to disburse in grants for improving the resiliency of drinking and waste water systems against future storms, of which $74.6 million is for the U.S. Virgin Islands. Another $62.5 million would be provided in state and tribal assistance grants to assess post-disaster water quality conditions, replace damaged or destroyed monitoring equipment, and for states to inspect and clean up hazardous waste facilities affected by disasters.
The U.S. Forest Service would receive $720 million to repay non-fire accounts that were used to fund firefighting activities during fiscal year 2018 (a practice known as ‘fire borrowing). It’d receive an additional $103 million for forest inventory analysis including hazardous fuels and capital improvement and maintenance activities.
The U.S. Geological Survey would receive $99 million for equipment & facility repair and replacement, debris and hazardous waste removal, and data collection in areas affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, 2018 wildfires and volcanic eruptions, and damage from the Alaska earthquake.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would receive $82 million for the repair and restoration of roads, facilities, bridges, and assets associated with Hurricanes Florence, Lane, and Michael, flooding associated with Hawaii mudslides, and 2018 earthquakes. Of the total, $50 million would be for coastal resiliency grants.
The National Park Service would receive $78 million for the repair and replacement of assets in the National Park system that were damaged by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, Typhoons Yutu and Mangkut, and 2018 wildfires. It’d receive a further $50 million in historic preservation grants to repair historic sites and properties damaged by Hurricanes Florence and Michael and Typhoon Yutu.
Labor, HHS, Education
A block grant totaling $250 million would be made available o support a range of social services activities, including counseling, case management, health services, and construction or repairing social services facilities.
To meet the educational needs of students in disaster-affected areas, $165 million would be available in temporary assistance for schools receiving displaced students, providing education services for homeless children and youth, mental health services to students and staff, and other uses.
A further $60 million would be available to rebuild and reopen Head Start centers whose
services were disrupted.
The Dislocated Worker National Reserve fund would receive $50 million to serve individuals who are temporarily or permanently laid off as a consequence of disasters and self-employed individuals who become unemployed or underemployed.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) would receive $10 million for oversight of disaster relief spending.
Transportation, Housing & Urban Development
The Federal Highway Administration would receive $1.65 billion to reimburse states and territories for damage from natural disasters to roads and bridges in the National Highway System.
An additional $1.16 billion would be provided in community development block grants for disaster recovery to help communities rebuild housing, businesses, and public infrastructure in the most impacted and distressed areas affected by major natural disasters.