Maloney Votes to Pass Disaster Relief Package Including $1.4B for Puerto Rico

Jun 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) voted to pass the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act, a bipartisan and bicameral agreement which includes a total of $19.1 billion for disaster relief, including $1.4 billion for Puerto Rico.

“For too long, the Trump Administration has failed to give the people of Puerto Rico the assistance they deserve to rebuild in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The Administration’s continued disregard and contempt for our fellow Americans living in Puerto Rico is unacceptable. I’m proud today to have voted for this bill that will give Puerto Ricans the help they need.”

BACKGROUND

Provisions included in the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Act that assist Puerto Rico:

  • Nutrition Assistance Program for Puerto Rico — $600 million.  Additional funding to continue disaster nutrition benefits in Puerto Rico During its recovery from Hurricane Maria.
  • Study of Puerto Rico disaster nutrition assistance — $5 million for a study of the disaster nutrition assistance provided to the Commonwealth in 2017.
  • Clarifies the intent of public law 115-123, which waived the prior condition limitation for Public Assistance grants for certain disasters affecting Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in order to expedite reconstruction and strengthen the resiliency of critical services against future disasters. This provision will provide approximately $500 million in assistance for Puerto Rico.
  • Community Development Block Grants-Disaster Recovery — $2.431 billion. Helps communities rebuild housing, businesses, and public infrastructure in the most impacted and distressed areas affected by major natural disasters. When combined with $1.68 billion of CDBG-DR funding in the FAA reauthorization, there will be a total of $3.89 billion in resources for 2018 and 2019 disasters, of which more than $1 billion is available for resiliency and mitigation activities. Of the total, $431 million is for unmet needs from 2017 disasters, including $331 million for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

 

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