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house Bill H.R. 4667

Making $81 Billion in Additional Disaster Relief Funding Available

Argument in favor

2017 was a year with a significant number of natural disasters that occurred in the U.S., and Congress needs to approve this relief package so communities can recover.

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12/21/2017
I'd say that should come right out of that Billionaire Tax Handout Congress just passed.
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12/21/2017
Despite a moral imperative to aid our fellow countrymen in Puerto Rico, preterm infants that I take care of as a neonatologist on the US mainland are suffering from malnutrition due to a total parenteral nutrition shortage after the shut down of the plant in Puerto Rico that manufactures the needed protein. How sad that Americans are suffering from our government’s inability to aid its most vulnerable citizens.
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12/21/2017
A humane society does not leave disaster victims languishing in emergency shelters.
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Argument opposed

While there is a clear need for some form of relief in the aftermath of 2017's natural disasters, Congress should spend $81 billion without finding a way to pay for it.

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12/21/2017
No to the red states! They don't like federal government handouts or intervention.
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12/21/2017
I have insurance to cover my disasters. So why do I have to bail out everybody else from their disasters too?
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12/21/2017
This is too much money. Take a step back and reevaluate this spending plan.
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  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed December 21st, 2017
    Roll Call Vote 250 Yea / 169 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on Appropriations
      Committee on the Budget
    IntroducedDecember 18th, 2017

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What is House Bill H.R. 4667?

This bill would provide a total of $81 billion in emergency spending for programs and activities to respond to recent hurricanes, wildfires, and other designated disasters.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would receive $27.6 billion for disaster response and recovery efforts. Up to $4 billion in funding could be transferred to the Disaster Assistance Direct Loan Program Account for Community Disaster Loans. The federal cost share for disasters declared in 2017 for wildfires would be up to 90 percent.

A total of $26.1 billion would be provided for the Community Development Block Grants-Disaster Recovery program (CDBG-DR) for housing, business, infrastructure, and mitigation needs for communities affected by disaster in 2017 and prior years. Of this, $13.6 billion in grants would go to states, tribes, and territories for recovery efforts which grants flexibility to suit local needs. The remaining $12.5 billion would be set aside for mitigation projects to help communities protect against future natural disasters and to protect the taxpayer from recurring costs of rebuilding after storms.

The Army Corps of Engineers would receive $12.1 billion for repairs needed due to natural disasters and to expedite studies and projects aimed at reducing damages in future disasters in areas recently affected by hurricanes. This includes:

  • $10.5 billion in repairs to ongoing construction projects, and to expedite projects that will help mitigate future disaster damage;

  • $608 million for operation and maintenance to repair damages, such as dredging of navigation channels;

  • $537 million for flood control and coastal emergencies to repair damages;

  • $370 million to repair damages along the Mississippi River and its tributaries.

The Dept.of Agriculture would receive $3.8 billion in assistance for disaster recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, and crop loss. Of this, $2.6 billion would be for disaster assistance, such as crop and livestock losses.

A total of $2.9 billion would be provided for hurricane education recovery to help restart operations in schools in affected areas, along with rebuilding, refurbishing, and replacing educational materials. This funding will also provide support to states and localities that accommodate displaced students from K-12, college and technical schools from affected areas.

The Small Business Administration’s (SBA) disaster loan program would receive $1.6 billion, which would allow it to make up to $12.2 billion in disaster loans to small businesses and homeowners in all affected areas for recovery and rebuilding.

A total of $1.5 billion would be provided to repair military facilities and repair or replace equipment damaged. Another $1.4 billion would go to addressing all damages to federal highways caused by designated disasters which would be provided to states and localities.

Impact

People in areas that would receive disaster relief; state and local governments; relevant federal agencies; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 4667

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) introduced this bill to provide additional emergency assistance for recent hurricanes, wildfires, and related agricultural losses:

“This legislation is the next step in helping our fellow Americans recover from multiple, back-to-back, devastating disasters, including some of the largest major hurricanes, wildfires, and agricultural losses this country has ever seen. We have a commitment to our fellow citizens that are in the midst of major rebuilding efforts in all areas, including Texas, Florida, California, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. They deserve our continued support, and we must provide the necessary resources for them to recover from these emergencies. This funding is critical to victims devastated by theses disasters.”


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: FrozenShutter / iStock)

Official Title

Making further supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2018, for disaster assistance for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and calendar year 2017 wildfires, and for other purposes.

    I'd say that should come right out of that Billionaire Tax Handout Congress just passed.
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    No to the red states! They don't like federal government handouts or intervention.
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    Despite a moral imperative to aid our fellow countrymen in Puerto Rico, preterm infants that I take care of as a neonatologist on the US mainland are suffering from malnutrition due to a total parenteral nutrition shortage after the shut down of the plant in Puerto Rico that manufactures the needed protein. How sad that Americans are suffering from our government’s inability to aid its most vulnerable citizens.
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    A humane society does not leave disaster victims languishing in emergency shelters.
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    I have insurance to cover my disasters. So why do I have to bail out everybody else from their disasters too?
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    With all these natural disasters, it is imperative that we are able to plan, prepare and respond in future ones
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    2017 was a year with a significant number of natural disasters that occurred in the U.S., and Congress needs to approve this relief package so communities can recover.
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    DON’T FORGET PUERTO RICO—Yes, a Territory of U. S. & not a foreign island country.
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    This is too much money. Take a step back and reevaluate this spending plan.
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    Helping people in need when need arises is what built our country.
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    Yes, but all these natural disasters should be a wake up call to this administration that anthropogenic climate change is real! Plus, after spending $81 billion on natural disaster aid, Republicans better not turn around and try to cut Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security after the giant tax cut they just gave to the rich and corporations!
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    This money needs to be appropriated to assist the millions of American citizens affected by the natural disasters experienced this fall. Exactly how much of this money will be sent to Puerto Rico and how quickly will it get there? It boggles the mind that in 2017 there are hundreds of thousands of AMERICAN CITIZENS who have been literally left in the dark for three months. This appropriation should be passed and the dire needs of Puerto Rico should be the first priority in receiving this aid. The government seems to have forgotten about them.
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    Let's also invest in clean energy and sustainable practices so we have less disasters in the future.
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    Citizens have chosen to live in disaster prone areas. It's time that they take responsibility for their choices.
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    Not until the Government recognizes Climate Change is real and reinstate laws to slow emissions and alternative energy.
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    This is why we pay taxes - so we can help our fellow citizens who are suffering from all sorts of calamities! When we drastically cut taxes, how can we afford to help the people who need this help. When we all chip in and PAY OUR FAIR SHARE the whole country benefits! Keep that in mind next time you cut taxes for the very rich - yes, we noticed.
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    We need to help provide our fellow humans with disaster relief. How would you like it if your community was flooded and the world just stood around and no one helped? But only people who make 50,000 dollars over the average income should be forced to pay. For everyone else it needs to be voluntary.
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    Hurricane relief, yes - California wildfires, no way! They try to hold themselves above the laws of the land so why should they rebuild the homes of a bunch of elitist, law breaking rich people? Play by he rules or forget about help from the hover you thumb your nose at.
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    Absolutely make it available. People, American Citizens, are suffering and FEMA can’t function without the money for the people. Shameful - dispense this desperately needed money immediately.
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    We need to rebuild these communities from the horrid disasters they have faced
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