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Request made for new emergency supplemental funding for natural disasters

Sen. Thad Cochran is encouraging the request made by President Trump and his administration to appropriate more emergency funding after the damage done by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

“A significant number of Americans and their communities are working to overcome devastation from natural disasters. These emergencies have strained disaster response resources, which requires us to ensure federal agencies have sufficient funds for response and recovery needs,” said Sen. Cochran.

The new appropriations request includes $12.77 billion for Federal Emergency Management Agency Disaster Relief Fund, $16 billion for National Flood Insurance Program debt forgiveness, and $576.5 million to address wildfires in the U.S.

In September they were initially approved $15.25 billion emergency supplemental package.

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