(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.
What is House Bill H.R. 3672?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 3672
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.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Army National Guard - Lt. Zachary West / Public Domain)
Making supplemental appropriations for disaster relief requirements for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2017.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house has not voted
Committee on AppropriationsCommittee on the BudgetIntroducedSeptember 5th, 2017
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