Senate Introduces Sandy Emergency Spending Bill
This week, the Senate followed the White House’s request for
$60.4 billion in emergency spending in response to the damages caused by
Hurricane Sandy. The Senate bill, the Fiscal
Year 2012 Disaster Assistance Supplemental, provides the same level of funding
as the President’s request, but makes some changes that expand the scope of the
bill beyond direct relief from Sandy.
Funding important to AGC members includes:
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) - $17
billion for disaster relief, long-term recovery, restoration of infrastructure
and housing, and economic revitalization.
Two billion dollars shall be used for mitigation of future risk.
Emergency Relief for Public Transportation - $10.783
billion for the repair and restoration of public transit systems and to support
mitigation projects to protect those systems from future damage.
Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program
- $921 million for the repair of roads and bridges.
Corps of Engineers - $5.350 billion
- Disaster Recovery - $1.838 billion
- $1.008 billion for Flood Control and Emergency
needs to restore projects to their design profiles rather than the pre=storm
- $821 million for Operation and Maintenance needs
- $9 million in construction to repair damages
under way at the time of Sandy
- Mitigation - $3.512 billion
- $3.452 for construction needs
- $50 million to conduct studies
- $10 million for the Corps to manage the work
Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Programs
- $810 million for clean water and drinking water state revolving funds in
states affected by Sandy, including $700 million for clean water and $110
million for drinking water needs.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced this
afternoon that the Senate will begin consideration of the supplemental on
Monday, Dec. 17. It is unclear what
will happen in the House, as a bill for Sandy relief will face greater scrutiny
over spending levels. AGC will continue
to monitor the situation and advocate for swift enactment of legislation that
will provide the affected states the ability to rebuild their infrastructure.
For more information, please contact Sean O’Neill at (703) 837-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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