WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement regarding his vote in support of a legislative package providing disaster relief for areas impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
“This legislation takes great strides in helping impacted areas recover from the series of devastating hurricanes that struck our nation. This bill provides the necessary resources for the Southeastern United States, the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to recover after this storm. It addresses food needs, flood recovery, and rebuilding. It is important to note that recovery will take time and it is vital that we remain vigilant to ensure impacted communities have what they need to get on their feet.”
The aid package provides $36.5 billion in disaster relief resources. This includes $18.7 billion for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s disaster relief fund, including $4.9 billion in low-interest loans for Puerto Rico. The bill also includes $1.27 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to meet increased food needs in the U.S. territories following the storm. In addition, the bill provides $16 billion in National Flood Insurance Program debt relief. Finally, the bill also provides $576.6 million to fight wildfires.