Hartzler Approves Disaster Assistance for Missouri
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-04) voted for funding to aid communities affected by natural disasters across the country, including areas in Missouri that have been impacted by recent flooding.
“Missouri has been devastated by flooding this year,” said Hartzler. “I am pleased the House passed this disaster assistance funding that will now go to the President’s desk for signature.”
The disaster relief bill (a Senate amendment to H.R. 2157) assists victims across the nation of hurricanes, snow storms, tornadoes, flooding and wildfires in 2018-2019.
It also contains provisions that will specifically help Missouri communities and farmers impacted by the flooding, including $3 billion to the U.S. Department of Agriculture for expenses related to crop losses, including on-farm stored grain loss. Additionally, the bill authorizes $585 million for the Emergency Conservation Program, which provides technical assistance to farmers to repair damage to farmland, and $150 to the Rural Community Facilities Program Account for essential community buildings. It also gives $2 billion for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant funds (including Community Development Block Grants) that can be used for disaster relief, long-term recovery, infrastructure restoration, housing, and economic revitalization. Lastly, the disaster aid bill includes $1 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for necessary expenses related to preparing for flood, hurricane and other natural disasters. This funding includes $35 million to study potential projects to reduce the risk of future floods and $740 million for the construction of flood mitigation projects.
“Despite the truly devastating damage caused by recent disasters, I am proud of the resilient farmers, ranchers, homeowners and businessmen and women who have come together in an effort to protect their communities. I am hopeful H.R. 2157 will bring much needed relief across the country,” Hartzler added.
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