(Updated 3/27/19) This bill has been amended from its original form by the Senate to serve as the legislative vehicle for emergency supplemental appropriations legislation that would aim to help Americans recover and rebuild from recent natural disasters with $13.45 billion in funding. In its original form, the bill aimed to end the partial government shutdown in early 2019 in addition to providing disaster relief. A breakdown of the current bill’s disaster relief provisions can be found below.
Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
This section of the bill would provide disaster relief through agriculture and rural development programs, in addition to the Food and Drug Administration, including:
$3.005 billion for farm disaster assistance to cover producers’ exposure to losses from 2018 and 2019 natural disasters. Assistance would also be provided to cover blueberry and peach crop losses resulting from freezes and Tropical Storm Cindy.
$480 million would be provided for the Emergency Forest Restoration Program.for non-industrial timber restoration.
$125 million would be provided for the Emergency Watershed Protection Program for rural watershed recovery.
$150 million would be provided for Rural Development Community Facilities grants for small rural communities impacted by natural disasters in 2018.
$600 million would be provided to supplement disaster nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico stemming from 2017 hurricanes.
Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies
This section would provide a total of $940 million to recoup disaster related expenditures and make necessary repairs to federal facilities and equipment damaged by recent hurricanes and typhoons, including federal law enforcement facilities, scientific infrastructure, and weather forecasting equipment.
Economic Development Assistance programs would receive $600 million to provide grants to communities directly impacted by natural disasters in 2018 and by tornadoes and floods in 2019.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would receive funding for the following:
$11 million for assessments and removal of marine debris;
$32 million for mapping and charting affected coastlines and navigation channels;
$50 million for improving disaster forecasting capabilities;
$50 million for Title IX Fund grants;
$150 million for fishery disasters causing severe economic harm to coastal communities.
The Dept. of Justice (DOJ) would receive $28 million to repair or replace damaged buildings and facilities, and $1.3 million for necessary prisoner transfer costs and to repair and replace equipment.
Defense & Homeland Security
This section would provide $200 million to repair damage caused by Hurricane Florence to Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. It’d also provide $400 million to the Air Force for damages caused by Hurricane Michael to repair facilities and begin the process of rebuilding Tyndall Air Force Base.
The Dept. of Homeland Security would receive $526 milllion for the Coast Guard to repair and upgrade facilities damaged by recent disasters and to cover the cost of response and recovery operations.
Energy & Water Development
The Army Corps of Engineers would receive $740 million for construction and $35 million for investigations to study and build high-priority flood and storm damage reduction projects in states affected by Hurricanes Florce and Michael, Typhoon Mangkhut, Super Typhoon Yutu, and Tropical Storm Gita.
Another $225 million would be provided to the Corps of Engineers’ Mississippi River & Tributaries account, while $245 million would go to the Corps’ Operation and Maintenance account to repair damages to Corps’ projects from natural disasters.
Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
The Dept. of the Interior would receive $311.9 million for the repair and reconstruction of critical infrastructure and immediate conservation needs following recent disasters. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the National Park Service (NPS) would receive funding to replace and repair damaged equipment and facilities. An additional $15.5 million would be provided to assist the Bureau of Reclamation with fire remediation and suppression.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would receive $414 million to address impacts of natural disasters and to provide resources for wastewater and drinking water infrastructure resiliency projects, waste disposal needs, issues with underground storage tanks, and technical assistance.
The U.S. Forest Service would receive $720 million to repay funds borrowed from non-fire accounts to cover the cost of FY2018 wildfire suppression activities. It’d also receive $134 million to repair national forest visitor and administrative facilities along with roads and trails that were severely damaged by natural disasters, in addition to reducing hazardous fuels on federal and non-federal lands to prevent an increased risk of significant wildfires.
Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies
This section of the bill would provide $536 million for the Depts. of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education in response to natural disasters in 2018 and 2019.
The Dept. of Labor would receive $50 million, of which $49.5 million would go to disaster response economic recovery through the Dislocated National Reserve fund. The remainder would go to the agency’s inspector general for oversight of relief efforts.
The Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) would receive a total of $321 million that would be broken down as follows:
$80 million for Community Health Centers to support construction, equipment purchase, operational support, and other projects as necessary.
$100 million to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase access to mental health and substance abuse treatment and prevention for those impacted by covered disasters.
$55 million for Head Start, including for repairs to damaged Head Start centers.
$30 million for the Child Care and Development Block grant, including funds to repair damaged child care centers.
$20 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to assess and mitigate environmental hazards associated with the covered disasters.
$25 million for the Community Services Block Grant, flexible funding to local organizations to provide a variety of services for vulnerable populations.
The Dept. of Education would receive $165 million, which would be allocated as follows:
$162 million to help restart operations at schools and colleges in areas damaged by natural disasters, support schools and colleges receiving displaced students, and to otherwise provide services to students affected by disasters.
$3 million for federal administration and oversight of activities.
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) would receive $10 million to conduct audits and investigations related to federal spending on disasters in 2018 and other disasters as declared.
Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
This section would provide funding for military construction projects related to disasters, including:
The Navy and Marine Corps would receive $115 million for planning and design of projects to replace facilities damaged by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
The Air Force would receive $700 million for planning and design and construction of projects to replace facilities damaged by Hurricane Michael.
The Army National Guard would receive $42.4 million to replace facilities damaged by Hurricanes Florence and Michael.
The Dept. of Veterans Affairs would receive $3 million to repair Veterans Health Administration facilities damaged by covered natural disasters.
Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies
The Dept. of Transportation would receive $1.6 billion for the federal-aid highways emergency relief program and $10.5 million for the Federal Transit Administration’s emergency relief program. The bill would also include language giving the Federal Aviation Administration with access to unusued 2017 emergency funds for 2018 disasters.
The Dept. of Housing and Urban Development would recieve $1.06 billion for Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Grants for 2018 disasters. States that received funding for Hurricane Matthew to use the funds interchangeably with funds for Hurricane Florence.