Senate Passes Second Emergency Disaster Supplemental
WASHINGTON (Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017) – The Senate Tuesday passed a second emergency funding measure to support recovery efforts from recent disasters by a vote of 82 to 17. The $36.5 billion emergency supplemental contains $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Disaster Relief Fund, $16 billion for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) debt forgiveness, $1.27 billion for nutrition assistance for Puerto Rico, and $576.5 million to combat wildfires.
The Trump administration has committed to putting forward a third comprehensive supplemental request in the coming weeks. Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) supported the measure in a statement on the Senate Floor Monday and voted for it.
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