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house Bill H.R. 3672

Providing an Initial $7.85 Billion in Disaster Relief For Hurricane Harvey

Argument in favor

This bill makes an initial $7.85 billion in relief immediately available in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey to ensure that FEMA can fund all current disaster needs and remain prepared for additional disasters, while helping homeowners and small businesses begin to rebuild.

Bo's Opinion
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09/06/2017
I'm just happy to see a stand alone bill. But for Gods sake, let's repair Houston with climate change realities in mind!
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Carolyn's Opinion
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09/06/2017
Instead of building walls and deporting children, let's help each other. That's what our tax dollars should be used for. Not for more hate, more war. But for compassion, kindness, and relief.
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Jan's Opinion
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09/06/2017
I support a stand-alone bill BUT, it must require major changes in the way Houston manages for future flooding. They've had 3 MAJOR floods in the last 3 years. The nation cannot continue to pay for their inability to face reality.
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Argument opposed

Congress shouldn’t spend this money without finding ways to offset the increase by reducing other spending. Alternatively, it should have the debt ceiling increase attached to it to ensure that the disaster relief is approved and the government doesn’t default.

Leilani's Opinion
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09/06/2017
FEMA should not be paying repair 'grants' and purchasing trailers for people who chose not to purchase flood insurance. While Hurricane Harvey is indeed tragic, compensating people who chose to forgo insurance, with funds we do not even have, just fuels this nationwide epidemic of irresponsible behavior.
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Mart's Opinion
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09/06/2017
In the many years and many disasters I've seen, private charity has always done better in efficiency, where to direct it, and what to give. If you really wish to help, make all donations 100% deductible!
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Timothy's Opinion
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09/06/2017
Go through private institutions and charities. We don't need to add the national debt that is already higher than a teenager in Colorado.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedSeptember 5th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 3672?

(Update 9/6/17): The House amended a bill known as the READ Act with the text of this legislation, which it then passed on a 419-3 vote. It's expected to undergo further amendment in the Senate and be returned to the House. This bill would provide emergency funding to address response and recovery needs from Hurricane Harvey totalling $7.85 billion. Of this, $7.4 billion would go to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund to ensure the agency can meet all current needs and remain prepared for additional disasters. The remaining $450 million would support the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster loan program to help small businesses and homeowners begin to rebuild.

Impact

People affected by Hurricane Harvey who can receive disaster relief or loans; FEMA and the SBA.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3672

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced this bill to make the full amount of disaster relief funding needed to meet the immediate needs of FEMA and the SBA as communities begin to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey:

“This bill will help states with disaster response and immediate recovery needs in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. These funds will be used to continue life-saving response and recovery missions, help start housing repair, and provide speedy and low-interest loans to businesses and homeowners to start the rebuilding process - and ultimately, give hope to all those affected and help them get back on their feet. These funds are needed, and they are needed now. I expect the House to move rapidly to approve this assistance. It is clear that this recovery will be a long haul – and additional assistance will be necessary in the near future. My Committee will continue to keep close watch and will remain in contact with the Administration to ensure that funding is available for recovery both now and down the road. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Texas, Louisiana, and all those affected, and we assure them that in their time of greatest need, we will come through for them.”

It has been rumored that the Senate will add legislation hiking the debt limit to this bill after it passes the House, which could irritate fiscal conservatives and cause some to rethink their support of it in the first place, or when the Senate sends it back. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) told the Washington Post:

“The Harvey relief would pass on its own, and to use that as a vehicle to get people to vote for a debt ceiling [increase] is not appropriate.”


Of Note: FEMA alerted Congress that its disaster funding will run out on Friday September 8, as relief claims have come in faster than they have in the past.


Media:

Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: Army National Guard - Lt. Zachary West / Public Domain)

Official Title

Making supplemental appropriations for disaster relief requirements for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017.

    I'm just happy to see a stand alone bill. But for Gods sake, let's repair Houston with climate change realities in mind!
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    FEMA should not be paying repair 'grants' and purchasing trailers for people who chose not to purchase flood insurance. While Hurricane Harvey is indeed tragic, compensating people who chose to forgo insurance, with funds we do not even have, just fuels this nationwide epidemic of irresponsible behavior.
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    Instead of building walls and deporting children, let's help each other. That's what our tax dollars should be used for. Not for more hate, more war. But for compassion, kindness, and relief.
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    I support a stand-alone bill BUT, it must require major changes in the way Houston manages for future flooding. They've had 3 MAJOR floods in the last 3 years. The nation cannot continue to pay for their inability to face reality.
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    I would like to see this relief paired with some acknowledgment of climate change. While my heart goes out to those in Houston, I think we need to take a broader view on the future and whether or not we need to provide assistance to this area in the near future.
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    Spend my tax dollars on these efforts, not on wall building and deportation proceedings!!
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    This is just the beginning of climate change impacts, and if we plan to continue to exist as a nation through what is coming, we might as well begin to develop an overall plan to focus a portion of our tax money on relief and reconstruction.
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    It looks like a complete disaster. They are going to need help to rebuild. Likely other parts as well if Irma is worse 😐. Glad a different bill just for this strictly. No being sneaky and trying to pass something with it.
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    Ted Cruz said don't do it. No wait, that was Sandy.
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    Spend it smart. Don't let shitty corporations and already wealthy people cash in on it. This should only go to the people that need it. Also all spending should be environmentally conscious, including considering climate change impact.
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    Absolutely! The key word being initial. We failed New Orleans horribly. We can learn from the failures there and help the people and animals so desperately in need of help.
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    Even though Republican congressmen from Texas voted NAY to Sandy aid back in 2013, many of the people and children suffering from Hurricane Harvey did not vote for them into office. Therefore, those victims should not have to suffer for the sins of the Republicans. Congress should do what is right and provide aid to the victims of Harvey instead of building a useless wall.
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    In the many years and many disasters I've seen, private charity has always done better in efficiency, where to direct it, and what to give. If you really wish to help, make all donations 100% deductible!
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    Go through private institutions and charities. We don't need to add the national debt that is already higher than a teenager in Colorado.
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    Yes and get ready to send relief to Florida. And while theyre at it they can start making REAL changes to combat climate change to prevent disasters from getting worse....
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    I'm totally for the aid. But, please, look at ways to prevent the destruction to homes and businesses. Get buildings out of the bayous. Good planning is a must!
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    A good beginning to aiding Texas recovery.
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    Very good decision to help those affected by Harvey but we must look ahead to Irma which is another massive storm and has ability to cause much more damage especially due to its location on the east coast.
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    It is the job we elected you for protecting the public interest.
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    Any monies that were going towards "the wall" should be used towards helping to rebuild damage to Houston and surrounding areas.
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